Border deaths rise 29% in past year

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...

They come by the hundreds of thousands, mostly honest people seeking better jobs than they can get in their homeland.

And they die by the hundreds in Arizona's unforgiving desert.

Combine all the homicides and all the motor vehicle fatalities in Pima County each year and you'll have roughly the number of illegal immigrants who die trying to cross the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson sector in the same period.

While arrests of illegal immigrants have fallen, the number of people dying in the desert and along its roads is rising dramatically.

Read the article by David L. Teibel in the Tucson Citizen