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More Undocumented Migrants Dying to Cross Over the Border

More Undocumented Migrants Dying to Cross Over the Border

In 2009, 419 undocumented migrants died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, up from 2008 when 390 people died, according to a recent study conducted by the non-partisan research organization National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP). This is the first increase in deaths in four years.

Why has it become more deadly to cross the border?

In 1994, Operation Gatekeeper was enacted as a plan to fight illegal immigration, employing a “prevention and deterrence” strategy. It concentrated resources and border patrolmen in populous areas, and was deemed a success early on because it resulted in less apprehensions. However instead of actually lessening the number of people attempting to cross over, Operation Gatekeeper caused people to seek more remote and dangerous routes to cross through. A 2007 ACLU report reveals that from Operation Gatekeeper’s inception in 1994 to the 2007 publication of the report, death toll estimates range from 3,801 to 5,607. Meanwhile the number of undocumented immigrants have grown from 8.4 million in 2000 to 11.9 million in 2007.

A large number of recorded deaths are due to environmental exposure, particularly desert heat. Some die due to train or motor accidents, drowning, homicide or suicide. And many more have undetermined causes of death. The exact numbers and identities are difficult if not impossible to pinpoint because often remains are not found.

Why should anyone be concerned with the plight of people who have not gone through the standard procedures to gain legal entry? Simply put, no human being should have to risk death in order to gain a new life. While the U.S. immigration system remains full of red tape and sky-high fees with no guarantee of entry, impoverished men, women and children are risking their lives to cross over.

Strengthen the nation, strengthen the immigration system and strengthen families by taking action:

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9:09PM PDT on May 26, 2010

Mary, Mary, come down to Earth!
It's great to be a sympathizer & feel for those who truly deserve your sympathy, but-again-you're not educating yourself on the REAL issues & the FACTS.
For yet another view, watch these video's taken by a News Station in Atlanta, Georgia who actually came to AZ & spoke to Border Patrol agents & LEARNED THE TRUTH for himself: It's not just the "o,so, sorry poor Mexicans" we're worried about!
Proven Fact: KNOWN TERRORIST GROUPS are going to S. America to learn how to Act, Speak & behave like those 'Po Mexicans' you're heart is bleeding for & crossing our Southern Borders because they've found them to be such an easy target & so loosely protected.
Watch the Video's, GET THE FACTS & stop the bleeding-heart act until you KNOW the TRUTH. It's easy to be a bleeding heart when you aren't educating yourself...but speaking out one too many times while remaining uninformed only makes your erroneous opinion too obvious.

"According to the Border Patrol the public is being mislead as to WHO is coming into the US from Mexico. Known terrorist groups are training in S.America to LOOK, ACT & SPEAK like Mexicans so they can cross Our Poorly protected Southern Borders!!!"

THIS IS THE TRUTH as reported by WSBTV in Atlanta.

Video 1 http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438021/index.html

Video 2 http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438712/index.html

9:09PM PDT on May 24, 2010

Well, Mary, when you introduce a subject ("This is why we have a social saftynet....furthermore it shouldn't even come from taxes....", you really shouldn't be surprised when other people respond to your comments.

Don't like others talking about taxes on this thread? Then don't raise the subject yourself. Simple enough.

8:54PM PDT on May 24, 2010

Ok, Lindsey, so you can't have a conversation with a real person, so now you shift to taxes? Are countries useing taxes a big new concept to you? Oh never mind, I'm not interested in hearing your endoctrinated speel.
And by the way Bess, I'm not from Mexico, I'm from WI, and I already have a life which I'm going to get back to. Talking to either of you is pointless. You're stuck in viewpoints that are draining the life out of you.

3:37PM PDT on May 24, 2010

A 'social safety net', Mary, can only come about in two ways: through voluntary charity (which has never provided for everyone's wants, which wants get bigger every year) or enforced taxation through government mandate, whether through income taxes, sales taxes, estate taxes, licensure fees, or other forms of taxation. If it's not voluntary it's taxation.

3:59AM PDT on May 24, 2010

The underlying social problems must be corrected!

9:15PM PDT on May 23, 2010

Lindsey, you just did it again! You don't know me, my work, or financial status, yet you make all kinds of assumptions,claim that you were right all along, not only about me, but about what you think I'm promoting. You even took a statement I made in writting and reversed it to mean the opposet to give yourself more ammunition for your attack.In some circles that is called LIEING. This is not a conversation about immigration any more. It became personal when you started assuming all kinds of false things about me and decided you could attack me for whats inside your own head.Are you going to claim it's all sarcasim again?What made you think I'd be an easy mark for your bullying? Have you been used to getting away with this kind of crap? Can't you tell when you don't even know anything about somebody?I am a real person, not a stereotype, and so is everybody else and no, you're not expected to like them or give them your job, or your stuff. This is why we have a social saftynet.To make sure all recieve the necessities. That is so fundamental to civilation I can't believe anybody still questions it.Further more it shouldn't even come from taxes, but I'm not going to ask you to try to get your head around that.

1:08PM PDT on May 23, 2010

It isn't physicians or Chairmen of Fortune 500 companies who are losing their jobs to illegal immigrants, it's the people in lower paying jobs who are taking the hit. And they're the ones who have the most difficulty affording it.

12:48PM PDT on May 23, 2010

Why not try telling the house painter client of our firm, who lost his job when his boss fired everyone to hire illegals, that his inability to now pay child support and provide for his own needs is less important than the needs of a foreigner.

Look all the American people in my own area in the face who have lost jobs in home repair, housekeeping, construction, moving, landscaping, and so many other fields and tell them that their needs and their families' needs are less important.

12:35PM PDT on May 23, 2010

No, Mary - it goes to show exactly what I already knew.

You won't give up your own job voluntarily to an illegal immigrant in more need - but you accept that other Americans are losing theirs to illegal immigrants. So long as it isn't your job, you're OK with the concept because you feel so sorry for the illegals.

You won't give up your own personal boundaries voluntarily because they're yours and you're entitled to them - but the rest of us are expected to ignore the boundaries that we choose to set around our nation.

You won't give up all of your own excess personal funds to help those less fortunate - but you advocate everyone being forced to pay through our tax dollars to help support them no matter how many Americans themselves are in dire need.

Exactly what I already knew, of course. Like most people who are strangely unwilling to voluntarily do things but perfectly willing to enact laws to get the government to do it to everyone.

America's economy is in the can. Americans are homeless. Hungry. Without jobs.

Why anyone would advocate importing even more needy to our shores is beyond me.

11:07AM PDT on May 23, 2010

Lindsey, so that's what you call sarcasm? I call that your personal perceptions being busted and you not being able to admit it, so now you're going to back peddle and claim it was 'sarcasm'. Since when does advocating for self respect, respect for others and decent treatment deserve an attack of sarcasm, if that is what it was as you claim? Did you even read my previous posts? Maybe you can fool yourself and the people you hang out with, but you don't fool me. I've been there, done that, and I recognize it, and so what? It's just part of becoming consciously aware, and if your mind isn't stuck in a frozen viewpoint, it's a natural process.Evidence B4 belief? Well, things also work the other way around. I'm trying to be kind here and let you off the hook gracefully because I really don't care that you're wrong and you're the only one that you have to admit it to and if you choose not to, then you'll have to deal with the fallout. Either way, I wish you well.End of subject.

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