Nearly 400 immigrants died trying to cross the US border in 2018

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  • Wed, 01/02/2019 - 17:20
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Nearly 400 undocumented immigrants died trying to cross the United States-Mexico border illegally in 2018, according to data from the organization Proyecto Migrantes Perdidos.

This group, which tracks the deaths of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, on migratory routes worldwide, counted 376 deaths at the US border, according to figures collected today by conservative media Breibart.

This figure includes the death of 214 men, 20 women and 4 children, to which must add 138 human remains to which they could not identify their age and gender.

The 376 deaths were recorded until last December 21, due to the partial shutdown of the United States Government due to the lack of a budget agreement, so it is expected that may increase when they count the deaths until the 31st of the month of December.

According to this organization, of the 376 deceased, 90 are presumed to have come from South America and the Caribbean, 100 from Central America and 2 from Asia, while the origin of the remaining 184 is unknown.

Breibart indicates that 230 of these deaths occurred at the border in Texas, of which 48 were in Brooks County, located 128 kilometers north of the Mexican border.

The provisional figure of 2018 could imply a reduction respect to those registered in the two previous years, with 415 and 401, respectively, although it would be significantly higher than in 2015 (339) and 2016 (306).

The investigation of Proyecto Migrantes Perdidos began with the death of at least 368 immigrants in October 2013 in two shipwrecks near the Italian island of Lampedusa, the organization said on its website.

The southern border of the United States has seen the arrival of undocumented immigrants grow in recent months and in the last fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2018, the figure was 521,090 people, while in the previous fiscal year it was 415,517.

In last October and November, the last two data of which there are official records, 123,228 migrants were detained on the border with Mexico, many of them family units and unaccompanied minors, which represents a notable increase with respect to the 73,992 of the same two months of 2017.

On Monday, the Commissioner of the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Kevin McAleenan, assured the press that the increase in the arrival of families of migrants is creating an "unprecedented crisis".

He assured that many of the undocumented people arrive in the country suffering from illnesses such as influenza, pneumonia or tuberculosis, which forced them to hospitalize six children and eleven adults.

On Christmas Eve, an eight-year-old Guatemalan boy died in a hospital in the state of New Mexico after being under the supervision of the Border Patrol for more than a week.

He was the second child to die in the month of December in the custody of US authorities, after a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl lost her life in a Texas hospital after crossing the border illegally from Mexico with her father.


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