Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Border Patrol: Bodies of 880 Immigrants Found at Southern Border in 2022; Heat Deaths in Texas in 2022 are Most in Over Two Decades

Ross D. Franklin/AP
Bodies of 880 immigrants found at southern border in 2022: Border Patrol:
The number of deceased immigrants recovered at the U.S.-Mexico border spiked during President Joe Biden’s first full year in office last year to the highest number on record, according to data acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Washington Examiner.
Data tracked by federal law enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border indicate that a record-high 880 immigrants who illegally entered the United States were found deceased in fiscal 2022, which ended in September. The Washington Examiner obtained the Border Patrol data Monday through a FOIA request filed in July 2022.
The 880 deaths are far higher than the 247 to 329 deceased found each year between 2014 and 2020. Landowners, as well as police from the local, state, tribal, and federal levels, made the discoveries and reported the numbers to the federal government.
The new revelation underscores the human toll of the Biden administration's border crisis — with more people apprehended crossing into the U.S. illegally since March 2021 than any other time in the Border Patrol's centurylong existence.
The number of immigrant deaths had climbed to 568 in 2021 as illegal entry incursions simultaneously increased that year.
Immigrant advocacy groups have said in the past that the addition of border wall during the Trump administration has forced illegal immigrants to cross in more remote areas. More recently, the American Immigration Council told the Washington Examiner that the Biden administration's choice to continue imposing Title 42, a pandemic-related policy that allowed the government to turn away some immigrants at the border, was a factor in the uptick in deaths because the policy forced people to cross in remote areas to avoid arrest. --->READ MORE HERE
Callie Richmond/For The Texas Tribune
Heat deaths in Texas in 2022 are most in over two decades:
Heat-related deaths in Texas last year reached a new high for this century amid a sharp rise in migrant deaths and soaring temperatures enhanced by climate change, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of state data going back to 1999.
In 2022, Texas saw its second-hottest summer on record during the state’s worst drought in more than a decade, according to data provided by state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon. Climate change has increased the risk for extreme temperatures across Texas, causing higher overall temperatures and summer heat that starts earlier in the spring and lasts longer into the fall — and makes people more likely to experience heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
At least 279 heat-related deaths were recorded last year, the highest annual toll for the state since at least 1999, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
This figure included 137 resident deaths, many of whom were Texans experiencing homelessness and people without air conditioning. In Tarrant County, for example, around 70% of people who died from the heat were experiencing homelessness or did not have a functioning AC unit, according to a county medical examiner’s report that includes deaths from the first nine months of 2022. The county medical examiner’s office declined to comment. --->READ MORE HERE
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