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Over 1,000 Bodies Found Over US/Mexico Border

"Between January 1993 and December 2003, the bodies of 1,023 people were found in the Tamaulipas' stretch of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo" ... IMPORTANT STORY!

I spoke with a taxi driver in Cancun, asking him how he felt about the gringo invasion of Cancun [much of the land there is now owned by gringos, and most all the rest of that land is devoted to the Spring-Break Onslaught, or just plain Gringo Holiday Scene].

This taxi driver explained, "I am happy that I can make a living in my country. My greatest anger, something that makes me so angry that I cannot stay calm when I think about it, is the US policy of killing poor immigrants attempting to croos the US/Mexican Border !!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Bloom" < gbloom@nmsu.edu>
To: "FNS" < fns_nmsu-l@nmsu.edu>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2004 10:32 AM
Subject: FNS: Over 1,000 Bodies Found in the Tamaulipas Stretch of the Rio Grande since 1993


> February 23, 2004
> Over 1,000 Bodies Found in the Tamaulipas Stretch of the Rio Grande since
> 1993
>
> Between January 1993 and December 2003, the bodies of 1,023 people were
> found in the Tamaulipas' stretch of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo, according to a
> count kept by the state's Centro de Estudios Fronterizos y de Promoción de
> los Derechos Humanos A.C. (Center for Border Studies and the Promotion of
> Human Rights, Cefprodhac).
>
> While the large majority of those trying to cross the river was Mexican,
> people from other nations were also among the victims. These include five
> people from Honduras, four from Guatemala, three from Pakistan, three from
> El Salvador, one from Poland and one from Brazil.
>
> Mexicans from states other than Tamaulipas were found in the river's waters.
> Their states of origin tell a story of migrant flows across Mexico to the
> US. Nuevo León, Tamaulipas' western neighbor, was home to 42 of those that
> were found dead in the river. Other states to the southwest of Tamaulipas
> also lost citizens to the river: San Luis Potosí (29), Estado de México
> (26), and Guanajuato (19).
>
> Of the people found in the border river's waters 503 were counted as
> unidentified, 961 were men and 62 were women.
> Although the large majority of the people pulled from the Rio Grande died
> from drowning in it, Cefprodhac notes that 20 had been shot and "many
> others" had suffered blows from objects before ending up in the river.
>
> According to Cefprodhac, those that drowned in the river were trying to go
> to the US to "live the American Dream."
>
> --Deaths declining since 2000--
>
> The year with the most drowning victims along the Tamaulipas portion of the
> Rio Grande was 1993 when 135 lives were lost. In 1999, the river claimed
> 134 lives, in 1994 there were 117 deaths attributed to the river.
>
> Although no tallies were given as to the number of deaths in recent years,
> it was indicated that the number of deaths by drowning have decreased
> significantly since 2000.
>
> Part of this might be due to the presence of Grupo Beta (Beta Group), a
> Mexican government migrant-safety unit, which arrived to the area in 2000.
> Beta's duties include going to the river's bank and bus stations to warn
> would-be emigrants about the danger of trying to swim across the Rio Grande.
>
> So far in 2004, five people have drowned in the Rio Grande. The first was
> José de Jesús Iracheta, age 24, who was discovered on January 6 near Nuevo
> Laredo.
>
> Source: Enlínea Directa (Tamaulipas), February 22, 2004. Article by Roberto
> Aguilar, El Universal.
>
> Greg Bloom, Outreach Coordinator
> Center for Latin American and Border Studies
> New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
> Email address:  gbloom@nmsu.edu
> Phone: (505) 646-6817
>
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