Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

  1. #1
    Senior Member FedUpinFarmersBranch's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Migrant deaths up sharply in South Texas

    June 27, 2008, 1:44PM
    Migrant deaths up sharply in South Texas

    © 2008 The Associated Press

    HOUSTON — The number of dead immigrants found in South Texas has already surpassed last year's total heading into the two hottest months of 2008.

    Since the start of the fiscal year in October, Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector has found 67 bodies after recovering 61 all of the previous year. The sector runs through the three easternmost counties along the Rio Grande and north along the Gulf of Mexico to almost Victoria.

    It is not clear why the deaths are up in the sector. Border Patrol officials point to tougher border security in Arizona, a long string of days with temperatures approaching 100 degrees and smugglers they say don't care for their human cargo.

    "It has already hit 104 (degrees)," said Daniel Doty, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's sector, said in Friday's editions of the Houston Chronicle.

    "It is generally a three-day walk around the checkpoint, and they are told it is just a few hours," he said of the Border Patrol's checkpoints on two northbound highways. "We've got these smugglers saying it is a short walk, here is a gallon of water."

    The Border Patrol has a Search Trauma and Rescue Team that focuses on the sector's most dangerous immigration route through Brooks County.

    Immigrants on foot can become disoriented in the heat and vast scrubland north of the border.

    "Sometimes (officers) find bones scattered; last month they found three skulls," said Brooks County Sheriff Baldi Lozano, whose county of expansive ranchland is one of the highest-trafficked routes north. "Inside the brush there is no water, no wind blowing."

    The most recent body found was Tuesday night six miles south of Falfurrias. A black T-shirt adorned with images of skulls covered the man's face. Only a few religious cards filled his wallet.

    The little that immigrants tend to travel with can make it difficult to identify their bodies.

    That posed an additional challenge for an illegal immigrant who made it to Houston this week and tried to alert someone to look for a woman she had traveled with but who died along the way.

    The woman, who identified herself as Karina but asked to remain anonymous, said she and the other woman fell behind a larger group of immigrants guided by a smuggler.

    She tried to help the other woman but she collapsed and died, perhaps from a scorpion sting or snake bite, Karina said.

    Now she is trying to make sure the body is found and sent back to Honduras.

    "I want to get word to her family," Karina said. "They should know what happened to her so they can retrieve the body."
    Support our FIGHT AGAINST illegal immigration & Amnesty by joining our E-mail Alerts at

  2. #2
    Senior Member Texan123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    Migrant deaths

    Mexico needs to issue public warnings to her people about the increased danger involved in crossing the border.

    If Mexico has no heart for her own people, why should we? Are we to blame for drug smugglers using immigrants to transport drugs?


  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    The number of dead immigrants found in South Texas has already surpassed last year's total heading into the two hottest months of 2008.
    All the more reason to build the fence! Not only will it keep illegals out, it might just save their lives by persuading them not to make the journey...
    Join our efforts to Secure America's Borders and End Illegal Immigration by Joining ALIPAC's E-Mail Alerts network (CLICK HERE)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts