Hoping to play on the sympathy and generosity of the American people, Mexico cynically supports the "rallies" for "immigrants' " rights while at the same time allowing migrants to wander into the desert...to die.
Of course their deaths are to be blamed on those terrible Yanquis that won't allow open access at legal border crossings, "forcing" migrants (read illegal alien) to attempt dangerous crossings. Although they give lip service to this concept, for some reason they can't grasp the idea that the United States has the right to secure the southern border, a right that the Mexican government jealously guards on its southern border. Hmmm. Smell like hypocrisy to me.
The dead "migrants" will casualties of the undeclared border war and attempt to demographically overcome the entire territory of the United States as these foot soldiers are not confined to the border states, but have wandered far into the interior and, from coast to coast, have proclaimed their "manifest destiny" to the ownership of the United States.
Migrant deaths for the Yuma sector hit a record 51 in 2005, up from 36 in 2004 and 15 in 2003, according to the Border Patrol.
Apprehensions have jumped 16 percent for the region — with 89,336 people caught from October through April, said Richard Hays, a spokesman for the Border Patrol in Yuma.
"We are already anticipating this shift in traffic and are working to ensure the safety of those who are determined to get into the United States in violation of the law," he said.
Those plans include erecting seven more rescue beacons in the Yuma sector — there are now 12 — and adding agents, Hays said.
Migrants have moved to more remote areas each time the U.S. has cracked down on a section of the 2,000-mile-long border, activists say.
The desert east of Yuma is one of the least forgiving. From the border, a migrant can walk for 50 miles before reaching an interstate.
In 2001, one of Arizona's worst migrant tragedies occurred in the area, when 14 people died in temperatures reaching 115 degrees...
Migrant groups estimate 500 people died trying to cross the border in 2005. The Border Patrol reported 415 deaths in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
While that number includes people who drowned in the Rio Grande, died in car accidents and succumbed to cold, the desert's searing heat takes the heaviest toll.
In southern Arizona, Border Patrol agents routinely run across people vomiting uncontrollably in the summer heat, their skin clammy, their eyes glazed over, said Aerr Eltringham, a Border Patrol spokesman in Tucson. Some migrants are found dead.
On a recent afternoon, agents for the Mexican government's Grupo Beta aid groupdistributed pamphlets to migrants preparing to cross. The pamphlets recommend carrying plenty of water, food and salt, and advise migrants to keep their clothing on to avoid dehydration and sunburn. If the heat gets to be too much, the pamphlets advise setting a fire to summon rescuers.
Mexican officials claim that Mexican law prevents them from restricting free access to the border of Mexican citizens. Thus, they can advise about the dangers and even help them to cross by giving food, instructions, and even maps, but can't prevent the crossings. Thus they can rightly claim that they "discourge the crossings" and they United States is really to blame. One wonders about the necessity for that law!
Brenda, the 17-year-old in the "bebe" T-shirt, stuffed the pamphlet into her backpack and said she didn't think the trip would be so hard. However, the teenager from the central city of Puebla admitted she had little experience in the outdoors.
"My parents warned us about the risks along the way, that you suffer cramps and get tired, but I have food and water," said Brenda, who set out last week with her 18-year-old sister and about 16 other migrants on her way to Mesa, Ariz., where her brothers live.
"We're doing this so we can have a better life," said Brenda, who may not have given her full name for fear of being found by U.S. officials. It was impossible to determine if she successfully made the crossing. The Border Patrol does not confirm the names of detainees for privacy reasons.
Perhaps water stations provided by American humanitarian and religious groups are contributing to the problem. It appears that the Sanctuary Movement is alive and well and flourishing among religious groups and asmunicipal governments have declared their jurisdictions as "sanctuary cities" in which law enforcement can not inquire into the immigration status of stopped or detained individuals. Law enforcement is not allowed to enforce the law nor defend us against the invaders, nor can municipalities be punished for the breaking the law???
Speaking about Manifest Destiny...