Tag: Migrant Deaths

October 14, 2020

October 21, 2020
  • With migrant deaths approaching levels not seen in years, humanitarian aid volunteers in southern Arizona say that the U.S. Border Patrol is using Covid-19 as a pretext to quietly dump large numbers of immigrants in Sasabe, one of the most remote and potentially dangerous communities in the Sonoran Desert, overwhelming the town’s limited immigration resources and placing individuals at significant risk of being targeted by organized criminal groups.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020
  • CBP warns of the summer heat for migrants crossing the border after Rio Grande City agents discover human remains in an area known for human and narcotics smuggling. Agents in Brooks County also responded to a 911 call for two lost men, both Mexican nationals, that CBP transported to emergency medical services.

Tags: Migrant Deaths, Migration, Rio Grande Valley

May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020
  • The University of Texas at Austin’s Strauss Center releases an incredibly detailed report on migrant deaths in south Texas over the last two decades. The report compiles 2,655 cases in the region collected from 1990 up until 2020, with an additional 615 cases accounting for deaths in the Rio Grande. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020
  • The ACLU of Texas files a civil rights lawsuit against the CBP agent responsible for the 2018 shooting death of 20-year-old Guatemalan woman Claudia Gómez González in Laredo, Texas. Gómez González was killed during a confrontation with border agents in a vacant lot after crossing the border with other migrants. The ACLU asserts that she was a victim of excessive violence and a civil rights violation.

Tags: Crimes Against Migrants, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths

May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020
  • Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia becomes the first to die from COVID-19 in ICE custody. Escobar Mejia, 57, fled El Salvador as a teenager and lived in the United States for four decades. Apprehended by Border Patrol in January, Escobar Mejia passed away at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego – where ICE has its largest COVID-19 outbreak.

Tags: Detention, El Salvador, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Public Health

March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020
  • In the El Paso sector, CBP announces the death of a pregnant 19-year-old woman from Guatemala, Miriam Estefany Girón Luna, after she fell from the border barrier near Clint, Texas. CBP blames human smugglers from Mexico for “encouraging her” to climb the barrier. Tekandi Paniagua, a Guatemalan consular official based in Texas, instead indicates the shifting migration dynamics at the border due to the asylum roadblocks implemented by the U.S. government, as migrants cross the border using far more dangerous methods out of desperation.

Tags: El Paso, Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration, Remain in Mexico

Fiscal Year 2019 Customs and Border Protection Border Statistics

February 11, 2020

Published by Customs and Border Protection on February 11, 2020.

All of the prior-year data that CBP posts to its statistics page, combined in a single PDF file. Includes sector profile, family unit and UAC apprehensions, family unit apprehensions by sector, monthly apprehensions, apprehensions from Mexico and other than Mexico, staffing statistics, deaths, apprehensions by sector, apprehensions since 1925, and budget statistics.

Tags: Apprehensions, Budget, Migrant Deaths, Personnel, Statistics

January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020
  • The House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations hosts the hearing: “Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody.”

Tags: Hearings, Migrant Deaths