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I don't want to go on being just a root in the shadows,
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-Pablo Neruda from 'Walking Around'

Border issues in the news...

Migrant Deaths Ahead of Record Pace

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Deaths along much of the Arizona-Mexico border are ahead of the record pace set two years ago despite tightened border security expected to discourage migrants from crossing, a border county medical examiner said.

The office of Pima County medical examiner Dr. Bruce Parks, which performs autopsies on many of the illegal immigrants who die in Arizona, has tallied 181 bodies or sets of remains recovered between Jan. 1 and Sept 8.

Last year, 148 bodies were recovered during that period. In 2005, officials found 166 during that period.

Read the full article by By Arthur H. Rotstein in Associated Press

Feds: Migrant toll at 186 for last 11 months

Figures released Wednesday afternoon by the U.S. Border Patrol show 186 suspected illegal immigrants have died in the Tucson sector this fiscal year.
The Tucson sector includes all of Arizona except for Yuma, La Paz and Mohave counties, Border Patrol Agent Sean King said.

The death toll covers the period from the beginning of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, to Aug. 31. The federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

Read the full article by David L. Teibel in the Tucson Citizen

2 bodies found; crosser deaths exceed '05 mark

Border Patrol agents discovered the bodies of two suspected illegal border crossers Wednesday, the ninth and 10th found in the past 11 days.

At 9:45 a.m. east of Douglas, a Border Patrol agent tracking a group of illegal entrants discovered a decomposed body, said Jose A. Gonzalez Jr., a Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokes-man. The body was found about six miles east of Douglas on Geronimo Trail, a dirt road that runs east-west parallel to the international line.

Read the full article by Brady McCombs in the Arizona Daily Star

Immigrant-rights training set

A local immigrant-rights organization on Thursday kicked off a three-month statewide campaign to teach people about their rights and how to document abuses.

On Monday, more than 100 volunteers from the Border Action Network will begin training immigrants about their constitutional and human rights, and teaching them how to document and report abuses, said Jennifer Allen, Border Action Network executive director.

Read the full article in the Arizona Daily Star

The Border’s Summer of Discontent

It's as if all the contradictions of the U.S. War on Terror, immigration reform, U.S.-Mexico relations, free trade, and sagging economies on both sides of the border have burst at the seams, and at the same time. As the record hot summer of 2007 crawls to a close, the political barometer on the U.S.-Mexico border is tipping red. Barely a day goes by without hunger strikes, human chains, border crossing demonstrations, marches, and calls for economic boycotts.

Read the full article by Frontera Norte Sur in the Newspaper Tree, El Paso

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