2006 Migrant Deaths report

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.  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.  For the fiscal year 2006, 432 deaths have been reported in the entire border region.  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.

Read the complete 2006 Migrant Deaths at the US-Mexico Border Report by clicking here.

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