Fatal attraction of the US

日期:2019-02-27 09:04:01 作者:公西诸橹 阅读:

By Build a fence, and people will just go around it – or die trying. So concludes a study that looked at the effects that heightened security on the US-Mexico border has had on illegal immigration. Over the years, millions of would-be immigrants have attempted to cross the border illegally into Texas and California. Now fences and increased surveillance close to border cities in these states, such as El Paso and San Diego, appear to be funnelling illegal immigrants into thinly populated areas of Arizona. In this harsh desert terrain they have been dying in record numbers. The study, published last week by the American Immigration Law Foundation, is based on a detailed examination of more than 900 autopsy reports from Pima county, Arizona, from 1990 to 2005. During this time, there was a 20-fold increase in illegal immigrant deaths in the county, which borders Mexico. “I think the numbers are pretty damning,” says Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith of the University of Arizona, Tucson. “It’s clear that recent security build-ups are not deterring illegal immigrants from trying to cross. They are simply attempting riskier crossings.” Plans to build fences along parts of the Arizona border will only result in more fatalities, she says. Meanwhile, Border Angels, an immigrant-rights advocacy group, is calling for a comprehensive overhaul of US immigration policy. On 17 February, the group completed a two-week tour of the border from California to Texas,