The Huffington Post | By Roque PlanasPosted: 03/20/2013 1:47 pm EDT | Updated: 03/20/2013 5:29 pm EDT
Deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border spiked 27 percent last year, according to a report released Tuesday that calls for the implementation of a guest worker program to stem the number of deaths.
In 2012, 477 migrants lost their lives attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border – up from 375 the year before, according to the report by the National Foundation for American Policy titled “How Many More Deaths? The Moral Case for a Temporary Worker Program.” That figure is the highest since 2005, when 492 migrants died. Read more
Caolina Moreno, HuffPost Latino Voices Updated: 08/17/2012 5:03 pm
The number of people attempting to illegally cross the U.S-Mexico border has plummeted, but the number of migrants dying during the trek through the mostly desert region has not.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues its efforts to secure the border and prevent deaths in the area, Border Patrol officials said. But, while the number of border crossings has declined dramatically in the last five years, the number of deaths has not decreased at the same pace. Human rights organizations attribute the problem to the increased militarization Read more