Friday, July 28, 2017

At Least 14 Border Deaths in Three Days

The deaths of 10 migrants in San Antonio this week have gotten plenty of media attention, and there’s been some for the four deaths at the Rio Grande. Despite these stories, people continue to mouth the anti-immigrant mantra: “they should just wait their turn in line.” Can anyone seriously believe that migrants would risk gruesome deaths like these if there was actually a line for them to wait in?—TPOI editor

San Antonio death toll in 'horrific' human trafficking reaches 10

By Guillermo Contreras and Emilie Eaton, My San Antonio
July 23, 2017, updated July 24
A 10th person has been confirmed dead after immigrants were trapped inside a tractor-trailer at a Walmart parking lot, officials confirmed Monday morning. Several people are still in critical condition at local hospitals.

Eight immigrants initially were found dead inside the closed trailer just after midnight Saturday. More than two dozen others, the only ones left of the estimated 100 travelers who started the trip, were taken to area hospitals, many in serious to critical condition due to the heat.

A ninth person died Sunday afternoon and the U.S. Attorney's Office stated on Monday morning that a 10th person died following the incident.[…]

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Photo: Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News

Four Migrants Die Trying to Cross Rio Grande Into the U.S.

By Matthew Haag, New York Times
July 25, 2017
At least four people have died since Monday trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas, the authorities said Tuesday, another deadly sign of the extremes to which migrants will go to reach the United States.

Heavy rains have transformed the usually slow-moving stream near El Paso into a treacherous torrent, engulfing people trying to make the already-dangerous journey. Members of the city’s water rescue team pulled the first victim from the water around noon Monday, a 37-year-old woman who died a short time later at a hospital.

Early Tuesday, firefighters retrieved three other victims — two teenagers, a boy and a girl, and an adult woman. Seven people were rescued, the authorities said.[…]

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