May 8, 2017

Operation Identifcation

More Have Died Crossing US-Mexico Border Since 2000 Than In 9/11 And Katrina Combined

That’s 6,023 recorded deaths in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, compared to a combined 4,800 between 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.....“I would say for every one we find, we’re probably missing five,” the local sheriff said.

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Operation Identification is now trying to give the issue a more human face.

“When we get them, we assign them a case number because we have to have a way of tracking cases, but no one deserves to be just a number,” Timonthy P. Gocha, a forensic anthropologist with the project told The New York Times. “The idea is to figure out who they are, and give them their name back.”

212 bodies and more than 2,000 objects belonging to U.S.-Mexico border crossers sit in a collection at the Texas State University morgue. There are baseball caps and Bibles, bracelets and stuffed animals — treasures that reminded their owners of the loved ones that they had left behind.
It’s a big project; there are a lot of bodies.

Most of the immigrants died from dehydration, heatstroke, or hypothermia. The Trump administration’s approach to illegal border crossings does seem to have deterred some potential migrants. Arrests at the border have declined sharply from 40,000 a month at the end of 2016, to just 12,193 in March.
Posted by Jill Fallon at May 8, 2017 2:02 PM | Permalink