Border agents find 5 dead, rescue more than a dozen

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...

Five illegal immigrants were found dead Monday through Wednesday along Arizona's stretch of the U.S-Mexican border, the U.S. Border Patrol reported.

Border Patrol agents also carried out three notable rescues of illegal immigrants, including helping a woman six months pregnant who was dehydrated, said Rob Daniels, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman.
Four of the five bodies were found on the Tohono O'odham Reservation. Of the last 14 bodies recovered in the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, 12 have been found on the reservation.

The reservation, which stretches across 75 miles of border and is comparable in size to the state of Connecticut, has been a particularly deadly area for illegal immigrants in the past decade and home to the deadliest corridor.

An 18-mile-wide corridor on the eastern part of the reservation, running from Mexico north through Sells and bordered on the east by the Baboquivari Mountains, claimed the lives of 229 border crossers from November 1999 through mid-November 2007, the Arizona Daily Star found in an analysis of 1,156 deaths recorded by the Border Patrol.

That's more than three times the average number of deaths in other segments of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.

Most died of the heat.

Including Thursday, temperatures in Southern Arizona have hit or exceeded 100 degrees for 14 consecutive days, said Craig Shoemaker of the National Weather Service. It reached 107 degrees on Monday and Tuesday and 102 on Wednesday, weather service data show.

At least 19 illegal immigrants have been found dead in June, according to Border Patrol figures.

Two bodies were discovered Wednesday, one on Tuesday and two on Monday.

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