Immigrant advocates and human rights workers along the border have reported a drastic increase in migrant deaths since the inception of border enforcement strategies. Since 1994, the number of reported border deaths has exceeded 3,000.Â Border enforcement policy is seen as a direct correlation to this increase, yet little has been done by the U.S. government to address the increasing death toll, and in fact, border communities continue to experience increased militarization, as evidenced by the announcement of President Bush to send the National Guard in May of 2006 and the signing of H.R. 6061, the Secure Fence Act, on October 26, 2006.Â For the fiscal year 2006, 432 deaths have been reported in the entire border region.Â Arizona reported 205 deaths; California reported 52 deaths; and New Mexico and Texas combined reported 175 deaths, which represents an increase of 34 fatalities in these states from the previous fiscal year.
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About the BNHR
The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations located at the U.S./Mexico Border. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.
Offices Located at: 2115 N Piedras St, El Paso, TX 79930