Migrant Deaths Ahead of Record Pace

I don't want to go on being just a root in the shadows,
vacillating, extended, shivering with dream,
down in the damp bowels of earth,
absorbing it, thinking it, eating it every day.

-Pablo Neruda from 'Walking Around'

Border issues in the news...

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