Death Toll of Illegal Immigrants
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...
In the last three years, the 2009 period was the most tragic for illegal immigrants.
LAREDO, TX.- In the last three years, the 2009 period was the most tragic for illegal immigrants. In 12 months 49 lives were lost that intended to cross to the United States.
The Mexican Consulate General of this city confirmed that in 2007, 39 illegal immigrants died and 29 for 2008.
In 2008 16 out of 29 died from a heat stroke, 10 drowned in the Rio Bravo, 1 on the railroad tracks and 2 others in divers accidents. Out of the 29 victims, 21 were identified as mexicans.
It is noteworthy to mention that the Mexican Consulate General along with the Border Patrol had prevention campaigns throughout the year with the intent of reducing the death toll.
Migratory authorities have trained personnel to rescue people and for first aid, they also have special equipped vehicles to rescue those they have found in the fields.
Article from the Laredo Sun.