Past Features

June 18, 2017

Another hot, deadly Arizona summer?
Maybe Not

Location of migrants deaths in 2016. From Humane Borders
New York Times -- June 16, 2017
Border Patrol Raids Humanitarian Aid Group Camp in Arizona
    Phoenix -- The Border Patrol raided a humanitarian aid group's base camp in the Southern Arizona desert on Thursday and arrested four men who had crossed into the United States illegally, officials with Customs and Border Protection said.
    Volunteers with the group, No More Deaths, which gives water and first-aid care to migrants, said the men were from Mexico and were receiving emergency medical care at the camp, which had been raided by agents in the past. But this was the first time border agents had used a search warrant to gain entry, the group said in a statement, suggesting a change in strategy by the Border Patrol leadership in the region at a time when temperatures are soaring. Despite a history of tense relations with No More Deaths, the agency had previously abided by an informal, Obama-era agreement allowing migrants to seek medical help at the camp without fear of arrest. [...]
    Since 2001, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office has recovered more than 2,600 remains from unidentified migrants who died in the Arizona desert. Historically, such recoveries peak during the warmer months. According to the office's annual report, 48 of the 154 remains found last year were discovered in June and July.
    Volunteers for No More Deaths and other humanitarian groups locate human remains on average once every three days in the Southern Arizona desert. They argue that border enforcement policies have pushed migrants farther into the desert, away from the camp or any place else where they might be able to seek help.

American Patrol Report -- June 18, 2017    
'No More Desert Deaths' -- Non profit offers a solution
    American Border Patrol, the non-governmental, 501 c (3), charitable organization, is proposing a way to solve the problem of migrant deaths in Arizona. The idea is to stop people from successfully entering the deadly desert in the first place. According to its founder, Glenn Spencer, the idea is to let the U.S. Border Patrol know when people cross the border so they can move in and apprehend them before they put their lives in danger.
    Spencer is proposing to install a system called SEIDARM on 100 miles of border were most of the deaths occur. The SEIDARM system would alert the Border Patrol anytime people cross the border northbound --- giving their location, and, possibly, a video of what they look like. Spencer says this would allow the U.S. Border Patrol to interdict the migrants before they get into trouble.
    Funding for the project would come from donations which would be tax deductible. Spencer said owners of the patented SEIDARM system have offered to waive any fees for its use, and he expects that costs could be further reduced if ABP can convince larger companies to donate hardware such as cables and geophones.
    “We will be releasing the details of a plan we call 'No More Desert Deaths' sometime later this week,” Spencer said.