Past Features

May 16, 2017

An Invitation to Death

Bottom frame is from Operation BEEF.
Tucson Sentinel -- May 14. 2017
Arizona migration trends tracked on 'death map' of discovered bodies
    It might take a second for the computer to load, but then it's there: a map of Southern Arizona nearly completely covered with red markers, so dense in some areas that it's black.
    Each marker indicates one migrant who died trying to cross the U.S./Mexico border into Arizona.
    The Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants started in 2001 and is managed by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner and Humane Borders, Inc. One of the groups' goals is for anyone to be able to search for documented dead migrants based on what they know about them –- their name, gender, year of death, the county in which they died, etc.
    But if you leave the criteria blank and click search, the map will show every migrant whose death has been documented over the past 16 years. There is a total of 2,797 markers on the map as of the writing of this story.

Glenn Spencer -- May 16, 2017
The Trump "Wall" could save lives
    A recent report in the Tucson Sentinel shows graphically where thousands of migrants have died in the desert trying to enter the U.S. illegally. What the Sentinel and Humane Borders fail to mention the migrants crossed the border very easily by walking through or stepping over border “fencing”.
    The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for the construction of a double-layered fence along the Arizona/Mexico border where those migrants crossed so easily. There was also to be an electronic virtual fence. None of these things were done where the migrants walked to their deaths, drawn to America bv jobs, welfare and lax immigration enforcement.
    President Trump is proposing new border barriers that would be impassible. We now have the chance to secure the border --- and save lives.
    He deserves the support of everyone, including Humane Borders.