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-Pablo Neruda from 'Walking Around'

Border issues in the news...

Border Patrol agent saves Guatemalan in desert

A U.S. Border Patrol agent answering a call to an emergency beacon in a remote desert area Thursday found a dying man and saved him, a Border Patrol spokesman said.

The 27-year-old from Guatemala was severely dehydrated from the heat.
The man, whose name was not released, had crossed into the U.S. with a group of immigrants, probably near San Miguel, about 30 miles south of Sells, Border Patrol Agent Michael Scioli said.

Full article from the Tucson Citizen

Death toll mounts for border crossers

The discovery Thursday of the bodies of two illegal border crossers northwest of Tucson has added to a record-breaking year in Pima County for border deaths.
There were 152 illegal border crossers found dead in the county from Jan. 1 through July 25, a pace that is well ahead of 2006 and eclipses the record set in 2005, when there were 131 at this same time, said Dr. Bruce Parks, chief medical examiner at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner.
"It's scary," Parks said.

Deputies were called at 7:45 a.m. Thursday by two residents who found a body southwest of Marana at North Trico and West Magee roads, said Dawn Hanke, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Full article from the Arizona Daily Star

Desert deaths on the rise; more women than ever

There's been a spike in desert deaths, and it's not just men dying. The Pima County medical examiner's office is seeing the remains of more women than ever.

In just six months, 150 people have died in Pima County after illegally crossing the U.S./Mexican border. Of that number, nearly 40 are women, and that's a number no agency has seen before.

As of Thursday, 39 women have illegally entered Pima County and died.

"There's no way to describe it other than the way we do. It's a human rights crisis; I mean it really it is," said Kat Rodriguez coordinator for Derechos Humanos.

Full article from KVOA News 4, Tucson, Arizona

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