TIJUANA (Border Report) – Last year became the deadliest for people trying to cross the border into the United States, with 555 people perishing along waterways, deserts or while being trafficked in trucks or shipping containers.
“These are deaths recorded by the border patrol,” said José Luis Pérez Canchola, director of the Mexican Academy of Human Rights.
He added that daily there are trailers carrying migrants across Mexico like the one in which 53 migrants died after being trapped in San Antonio.
“It is also due to police corruption that allows this type of phenomenon to exist,” said Pérez Canchola. “The greatest risk for migrants is falling into the hands of organized crime that goes far beyond human trafficking related to drug trafficking.”
Pérez Canchola said drug cartels are increasingly turning their attention to human trafficking, charging smugglers high fees for the right to move migrants into Mexico, along the border and into the United States. United.
“What happened in Texas is a reflection of that trend that we’ve been suggesting since these caravans started,” he said. “Let (the cartels) give them permission to work in Mexico as they head north through the country, that way they don’t have to deal with criminal organizations.”
“…It’s newsworthy because of the number of people involved,” Pérez Canchola said. “But it happens all the time, it’s recurring, bodies are frequently found along the Rio Grande, in the deserts migrants die from heat stroke, in the mountains it is common for migrants die after being bitten by rattlesnakes.”
The statistics provided by Pérez Canchola and the Mexican Academy of Human Rights do not coincide with the figures provided by the International Organization for Migration, which is part of the United Nations.
It says “at least 650 migrants died crossing the US-Mexico border in 2021”.
Catholic Charities in Washington, DC is also tracking migrant deaths along the southern border.
“The border is more closed now than almost ever in history,” Allison Norris, immigration legal services attorney for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, told CNN. “This has led people to increasingly seek out smugglers and engage in more dangerous ways of crossing the border.”
Official CBP figures show 557 deaths were recorded along the border in its 2021 fiscal year, compared to 254 deaths in 2020 and 300 in 2019.
CBP also reports that Border Patrol agents performed 12,854 rescues in fiscal year 2021.
The previous record for migrant rescues was 5,335 in 2019