Three border crossers die; 47 caught in Nogales

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...

At least three illegal immigrants died Monday and Tuesday along Arizona's border with Mexico, officials said.
Also Monday and Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 47 illegal immigrants in two downtown Nogales, Ariz., hotels and rescued dozens of illegal border crossers, officials said.

Deaths

Three illegal immigrants — two men and a woman — died on the Tohono O'odham Nation west of Tucson, officials said.

On Tuesday at about 9 a.m. southwest of Sells, a Border Patrol agent discovered the body of a 21-year-old man from Mexico, said Rob Daniels, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. The agent found the man under a tree south of Federal Route 20, he said. He appeared to have died a couple of hours earlier.
On Monday at about 11 a.m., an agent with the Border Patrol's search, trauma and rescue team found the body of a man about four miles southwest of the village of Pisinimo, west of Sells, Daniels said. Borstar agents had been looking for the man since the night before.

The rescue attempt began late Sunday, when agents apprehended two men near Pisinimo. One of them was the deceased man's brother. He told agents he had left his brother the night before about five miles south of Pisinimo. That man, a 32-year-old citizen of Mexico and the man with him, a 19-year-old Mexican citizen, helped agents during the search, Daniels said.

The deceased was a 34-year-old man from Mexico, Daniels said. His brother was put in contact with officials from the Mexican Consulate, which will help him make funeral arrangements and return to Mexico, Daniels said.

On Monday night around 9 p.m., the Border Patrol was notified of a 911 call made by a man who said he and three others were in distress near the village of Vamori, about 10 miles north of the border. About 9:45 p.m., a crew aboard a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine helicopter spotted the four people — two married couples — and landed.

The crew put them aboard the helicopter and flew them to the Sells hospital, Daniels said. At about 10 p.m., one of the women, a 20-year-old from Veracruz, Mexico, died at the hospital, he said.
The other woman, 21, of Tlaxcala, Mexico, was flown by life flight to St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson. No information was available on her condition as of Tuesday night.

The two men were treated and deemed fit for travel. They were turned over to the custody of the Mexican Consulate.

Continue reading this article by Brady McCombs in the Arizona Daily Star