Tag: Migrant Deaths

September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021

Near Yuma, a Mexican man died after falling from a 30-foot-high section of border wall. He fell on the Mexican side, requiring rescuers to open a gate in the wall that was not wide enough for an ambulance, then carry him for a mile before he passed away.

Tags: Fencing, Migrant Deaths, Yuma

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

While border-zone migrant deaths from dehydration, exposure, or similar causes are horrifyingly common, most victims have been single adults: migrant parents and children have been rare. That seems to be changing.        

  • A 21-year-old Ecuadorian woman died of dehydration on August 28 after attempting to migrate with her 2-year-old daughter in the desert of Sonora, Mexico, near the U.S. border. Jazmín Lema left her country, likely fleeing domestic violence, on August 21, flying to Mexico and taking buses north until stopped at a migration checkpoint. The child survived.
  • Another Ecuadorian woman, traveling with children aged seven and one, was rescued in the Arizona desert near Yuma after calling 911.
  • These events come just days after the death from dehydration, near Yuma, of a Colombian woman and her oldest child, while her toddler survived.

Tags: Migrant Deaths, Yuma

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

Federal charges have been filed against Antonio Hurtado, the captain of a boat that ran aground near San Diego and killed three migrants. 

Tags: Migrant Deaths, San Diego

March 4, 2021

March 9, 2021

The thirteen migrants that were killed in a traffic collision near Holtville, California when a semi truck crashed into a vehicle carrying 25 migrants formed part of a larger group of 44 that had entered the United States through a hole in the border wall in the El Centro sector. The same day, a Chevrolet Suburban carrying the other 19 burst into flames and all passengers were taken into custody by Border Patrol. 

Tags: Border Patrol, El Centro, Migrant Deaths

February 3, 2021

February 3, 2021

No More Deaths and Coalición de Derechos Humanos, two Arizona-based humanitarian groups, released an extensive report condemning Border Patrol for its emergency response efforts on the border. The report details negligence, hostility, and outright discrimination on the part of Border Patrol over the past 20 years and recommends the end of the agency’s predominant role in search and rescue.

Tags: Border Patrol, Migrant Deaths, Organizational Culture, Search and Rescue, Tucson

January 5, 2021

January 29, 2021

President Trump signed the bipartisan Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act into law. This act will provide state and local governments and humanitarian organizations with more assistance and resources to find, recover, and identify bodies of migrants who have died trying to enter the US. 

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Migrant Deaths, U.S. Policy

December 23, 2020

January 29, 2021

2020 was the deadliest year on record for migrants crossing into Arizona, with 225 remains of migrants found so far according to Humane Borders and the Pima County Medical Examiner. This is likely due to a combination of border wall construction forcing migrants to take remote routes, increased CBP hostility to humanitarian groups, and soaring temperatures.

Tags: Human Rights, Migrant Deaths, Migration

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