Report shows as many as 5,600 illegal immigrants have died along border (North County Times)

escondido-north-county-times-logo-175“…Immigrant rights groups say Operation Gatekeeper and similar enforcement efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border are responsible for the deaths because they were designed to push illegal immigrant traffic into the mountains and deserts.

The strategy was to use the dangerous terrain as a deterrent.

It did not work, according to Wayne Cornelius, former director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego.

Illegal immigrant traffic simply shifted to states such as Arizona and Texas…”

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