Jul 14, 2011

Immigration Reality: Deadly conditions for Mexico-US migrants

Deadly conditions for Mexico-US migrants - Features - Al Jazeera English: "Humanitarian advocacy groups say the US government is at fault for heightening risks of crossing the Mexico-US border, where hundreds perish in the hard journey every year.

Many of the deaths occur in hot, barren areas in the Sonoran Desert along the border, where people become dehydrated, starved and lost.

By the time bodies are found, they are rarely still intact.

'[What is often found is] not a body. You are missing lots of things. Between the animals and the elements in Arizona, the reality is it's a very ugly situation we're facing. The most accurate term [for what is found] is human remains,' Kat Rodriguez, programme director of an Arizona-based independent immigrant advocacy organisation that runs the Human Remains Project (HRP), which tracks and reports deaths along the Mexico-Arizona border, told Al Jazeera.

The HRP has recorded 88 human remains found in Arizona between October 2010 and the end of March 2011.

But throughout the years, and increasingly, border deaths are in the thousands, according to estimates quoted in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report.

Since October 2007, the HRP has reported 730 remains found along the border, just within the state of Arizona."

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