Death in the desert

Death in the desert

Increased fencing along the US-Mexico border means more migrants are risking their lives by trying to cross through remote desert areas. Thousands are dying doing so and the humanitarian groups who try to help them face criminal charges

Since 2015, more than 4,000 migrants attempting to enter the US through the Mexican border have died or disappeared.

Since 2006, almost 700 miles of border fencing has been erected in the most populated and accessible border stretches along California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Much of what remains unfenced abuts onto arid stretches of desert, so inhospitable that no fences were deemed necessary to deter would-be border crossers; only the most desperate would risk their lives by trying...

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