More Migrants Dying Since Push Into Remote, Hostile Regions

Apr 19, 2021

Migrants trekking across the Arizona borderlands have died at higher rates in the two decades since stepped up enforcement began funneling them into remote, hostile desert and mountain regions.

In this Dec. 9, 2020, file photo, crews work along a pathway cleared by explosives to make way for border wall construction in Guadalupe Canyon, Ariz. Migrants trekking across the Arizona borderlands have died at higher rates in the two decades since stepped up enforcement began funneling them into remote, hostile desert and mountain regions, a sweeping new analysis concluded Monday, April 19, 2021.
Credit AP Photo/Matt York, file

  

A sweeping new analysis released Monday by the University of Arizona Binational Migration Institute provides a multidiscipline look at migrant border death investigations in Arizona over 30 years. It draws on the expertise of anthropologists, geographers, other specialists and Pima County Chief Medical Examiner Greg Hess, whose office tracks the recoveries statewide. Daniel Martinez, an institute co-director, said migrants are perishing in some of the most treacherous and rugged terrain within southern Arizona.