According to the U.N.’s migration agency, there has been an increase in deaths among those attempting illegal entry into the United States in spite of a drastic decline in illegal crossings.
The International Organization of Migration said Friday that there have been 232 migrant deaths in 2017, up until the end of July. That’s an increase from a count of 204 in the first seven months of last year.
President Trump has pushed for tighter borders, and it seems to have been effective. Illegal crossings have dramatically declined. Other factors, though, seem to have increased the hazards of migrant crossing.
Ventura County Star reports:
U.S. authorities have denied entry 140,000 times during the first half of the year, barely half of last year’s count, giving a rough sense of how sharply illegal crossings have dropped this year.
Fifty bodies were found in July alone, including 10 discovered in a truck in San Antonio, Texas, the migration agency said.
The Geneva-based agency said the higher toll could not be fully explained. It made no reference to President Donald Trump’s calls for tighter border controls, but cited factors like hot weather and swelling Rio Grande waters.
The majority of the deaths occurred in southern Texas, where most illegal crossings occur.
There seems to be some difference between the UN agency’s call of an increase in death rate and the U.S. Border Patrol’s figures.
Ventura County Star continues:
The Border Patrol has counted 156 deaths on the Mexican border during the first seven months of the year, down 19 percent from 193 during the same period of 2016.
[…] the Border Patrol reported 80 deaths in its Rio Grande Valley sector and 64 in its Laredo sector — both in South Texas — and 49 in its Tucson, Arizona, sector.
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