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Illegal Immigrant Deaths In AZ Soar With Heat

Border Agents Struggle To Keep Immigrants From Illegally Crossing AZ Border

Undocumented immigrants apprehended in the desert near the Mexican border are processed before being transported to a detention center in June 2010 southwest of Tucson, Ariz. Scott Olson/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Whatever your position on how illegal immigration should be dealt with, there's no denying the human tragedy occurring on the U.S.-Mexico border. Deaths are rising among people making the illegal crossing.

From the web site of the Arizona Star (Tuscon):

Illegal border crossers are dying at record rates this month.

Since July 1, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office has handled the bodies of 38 illegal border crossers, said Dr. Bruce Parks, chief medical examiner. That midmonth total puts July on pace to match or break the single-month record of 68 in July 2005.

"I never thought we would see that again," Parks said. "It's scary. Maybe the rain will slow these down."

Parks said his office has been picking up and examining between one and four bodies of illegal immigrants daily since the beginning of the month. Field agents were on their way to pick up four more bodies Thursday, he said. Most of the people are being found recently deceased.

Worth noting that these deaths are occurring after passage of Arizona's strict anti-illegal immigration law. Despite the law, people from Latin America are still willing to risk their lives to pass into the U.S., a sign of just how desperate matters are for many of them.

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