The country's southern border is the deadliest in the world. This is the conclusion of the latest report of the United Nations International Organization for Migration. In 2021, more than 1,238 lives were lost during migration in the Americas. At least 728 of these deaths occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing.
"The number of deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border last year is significantly higher than in any previous year, even before covid-19," says Edwin Viales, author of the report. Of those killed, at least 51 were children, says the pro-migration organization.
❗More than 1,238 lives have been lost during #migrationin the Americas in 2021, including at least 51 children and adolescents, according to new data released by @UNmigration's @MissingMigrants Project.
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- IOM Central and North America (@OIMCentroAmerica) July 1, 2022
The record data comes on the heels of Joe Biden's term in office, on the eve of the repeal of the 'Stay in Mexico' program. The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) accuses the Biden administration's immigration policies of being "chaotic". It does so after the latest border tragedy in which 53 immigrants died in Texas.
Biden fights hard to make sure the lawlessness, deaths and chaos will continue. And he’s getting exactly what he wants with the latest court ruling that allows him to keep incentivizing illegal aliens and criminal acts. https://t.co/JzhKd6HJuh
— Border Patrol Union - NBPC (@BPUnion) June 30, 2022
In this regard, responding to White House claims that the border is closed, the NBPC responds that "someone should ask them how we end up with so many people smuggled from the border to San Antonio."
Border states' dissatisfaction with Biden's administration
If JoeBiden's popularity is plummetingin recent weeks, the bad numbers for the president are even worse in the border states. The latest Civiqs poll reveals that the president's approval rating plunges in areas like Arizona, a constant witness to human trafficking.
Biden Job Approval Rating sinks to 27% in the Battleground State of ARIZONA
Approve 27% (-18)
Disapprove 63% (+16)
Approve 17% (-24)
Disapprove 72% (+27)
Approve 35% (-29)
Disapprove 49% (+22)
(+- vs Jan 21, 2021)@Civiqs / 07/02 pic.twitter.com/JbRPyDdhxc
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) July 3, 2022
Customs and Border Protection sources quoted by BBCsay that, at this rate, migrant "encounters" will pass two million in the fiscal year that began in October, the highest rate in more than 20 years.