The shocking report says 728 recorded immigrant deaths and disappearances along the U.S.-Mexico border crossing in 2021 surpasses all other immigrant passages around the world. That includes Syria to Turkey, and African and southeast Asian crossings made by refugees escaping war and persecution. The study was conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
These deaths accounted for the majority of the 1,238 immigrant deaths in the Americas in 2021, the IOM said in a press release on July 1, adding that these numbers should be considered an “undercount” due to difficulties in collecting data. Immigration experts believe that thousands of more deaths are unreported.
The study of deadliest crossings attributed the deaths and disappearance of immigrants in the Americas to a “lack of options for safe and regular mobility,” saying that this would drive migrants, presumably those choosing to enter as illegal aliens, to pursue riskier dangerous pathways to their destinations.
The agency also noted how the dangers faced by migrants are highlighted by recent news about what amounted to the deadliest known smuggling incident in American history: the discovery of 53 bodies in a tractor-trailer packed with 67 illegal immigrants in San Antonio on June 27.
The record deaths came as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents reported a record number of apprehensions along the southern border. From Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, border agents apprehended 232,628 illegal aliens in May—the highest monthly total in 23 years.
In the same month, 79 illegal immigrants were found dead or died while crossing the border, according to the CBP data.
Since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, a whopping 4 million individuals have entered the country illegally. CBP data shows that includes the apprehension of more than 3.2 million illegal border crossers, plus an additional 800,000 who have been detected but evaded capture.
–Metro Voice and wire services