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Crossing Rio Grande

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rio-grande-signThe International Organization of Migration has reported that this year 232 migrants have died in intention to cross the U.S. border through the Rio Grande on the border with Mexico. This number is 17 per cent more than the data of the last year. Evidently, the more immigration rules are getting strict in the United States, the more people are compelled to brake it.

The higher rate of deaths was fixed this July, 50 bodies were pulled out of the river, lots more were discovered packed into a non-air-conditioned cargo container in a parking lot in San Antonio, 30 more were hospitalized, 10 more died.
To understand how sharp the entrance to the U.S. have become, it is worth to mention that this year immigrants from Mexico have received 140,000 rejections on their visa.

By August 1, Border Patrol has announced about 156 deaths on the Mexican border. U.S. Border Patrol reported 80 deaths in its Rio Grande Valley sector and 64 in its Laredo sector — both in South Texas — and 49 in its Tucson, Arizona sector. Thus, in the last few years, South Texas have become the most dangerous corridor. Thousands of immigrants have died crossing the border since the mid-1990s.

A former deputy director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) is sure that new policies will not restrain immigrants from the idea to seek a better life in the U.S., and these words become obvious: closing off simpler routes only prompt migrants to attempt more dangerous crossings.

“I call it an unfortunate collateral consequence,” he said. “They will put themselves in the hands of unscrupulous criminals that see them as just a commodity.” He also says that even a wall will not help – but only lead to more lost.