Death and Exploitation: A Troubling Consequence of Lax Immigration Policies

desert_tree_rotator_675x450In defending amnesty and loose immigration policies, open border proponents often justify illegal entry into the United States by pointing to the difficult situations that migrants are fleeing. Such rhetoric is then deployed to vilify anyone who calls for the southern border to be secured or for ending the allocation of federal benefits to illegal aliens.

However, these same activists censor a more troubling story: that the process of immigrating into America illegally often ends in tragedy. Illegal immigrants are commonly found dead or dying near the southern border, fallen victim to exposure, thirst, human trafficking or cartel violence. According to an August 23 Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) press release, a county morgue in Arizona currently holds the bodies of approximately 850 illegal immigrants found near the border.

“Our focus at the Medical Examiner’s Office is identifying remains of people that we have found. We still have about 800 to 850 that are unidentified,” said Dr. Gregory Hess, Pima County’s Chief Medical Examiner in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Hess’s morgue represents only one of Arizona’s 15 desert border counties, indicating that there are likely thousands more unidentified illegal aliens who perished while migrating into America.

“The Arizona desert is a deadly trap,” says CBP Spokesperson Jaime Ruiz. “Migrants get easily disoriented and after long days of walking with no water or food, they succumb to unforgiving extreme temperatures. Migrants are either abandoned or tricked by human smugglers.”

In addition to the high mortality rate that comes along with entering the United States illegally, as many as 19,000 foreigners fall victim to human trafficking every year. Cartels and other traffickers promise to guide legal and illegal aliens into America, promising them a better life. However, they are imposed with a “smuggling debt” once they arrive and forced into prostitution or hard labor in poor conditions with little, if any compensation.

These heartbreaking stories are the result of a federal government that lays out a welcome mat for illegal immigrants by offering incentives such as drivers licenses, welfare and sanctuary policies. With the benefits far outweighing the shrinking risk of deportation, millions of migrants choose to enter America illegally.

With this knowledge, repairing our broken immigration system becomes a human rights issue. Securing the border and removing incentives to enter the country illegally not only serves the best interests of American citizens and legal immigrants, it also protects unaware, would-be migrants from the possibility of exploitation, indentured servitude and even death.

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Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Comments

  1. Kerry Thinks We Should Just Ignore the Global Policy Killings

    And it will all get better…

  2. avatar Di says:

    Any way they can just tell if they are Hispanic and send the bodies to Mexico? Terrible that no one is looking for them. Maybe pictures of them could be posted in Mexico so people can identify their families and come claim them? And the money and resources wasted.

    • avatar Selina says:

      Not all of the migrants found in the Sonoran desert are Mexicans. Some of them come from further south. Some families are looking for their loved ones and reach out to various organizations for help in hopes of locating them. Many migrants come from very remote areas within their countries of origin, which even if photos were posted as you suggested, families/friends/acquaintances probably wouldn’t see them. Unfortunately, more often than not, they are unrecognizable by the time they are located.

  3. avatar Leland says:

    Mexico just a few days ago announced that they were taking control of the train line that many illegals ride north to reach this country. Of course, this has been going on for many decades and we’ve all seen the videos of them riding on the tops of the train. So why the sudden interest now by Mexico? It’s probably no coincidence that a couple weeks ago Trump began running ads showing those images. No doubt they want to look cooperative because they know they have to help Hillary because Trump is not going to allow Mexico to keep using this country as their doormat like she will.

    It says much about the bias and hypocrisy of the media that Trump gets connected to white racist groups even when he repeatedly refuses their support, but Hillary has appeared with, and praised, Saleha Abedin, the mother of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, in spite of the fact that Saleha has consistently endorsed the most oppressive and extremist aspects of Sharia law, including women’s rights, which are propagated by the Saudi funded Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs, which Saleha is editor in chief of.

    Saleha published commentary that said the 9-11 attacks were because of American “injustices and sanctions”, During that time, Huma, Clinton’s “second daughter”, was listed on the masthead of the journal as “assistant editor” from 1996 to 2008. Despite this, Huma and the Clinton campaign insist that she had no idea what was being written and published for those 12 years. This is all on top of the fact that estimates are that the Saudis have contributed up to 25 million to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary insists that Muslims “have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism”. In other words, she says don’t believe your lying eyes.

    Again, if this was Trump who had these connections we would never hear the end of it. And it has nothing to do with it directly, but isn’t it sort of odd that both Hillary and Huma have husbands who have repeatedly made headlines with their sexual misadventures.