Mexicans Entering the U.S. Through Rio Grande Valley Face Deadlier Risks

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Increased security measures have pushed many Mexicans looking to migrate to the United States into taking more dangerous routes across the border. Chron.com reports, while death rates have declined along most parts of the Mexican/U.S. border, they were up by an astonishing 72 percent last year in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, an area known for its dangerous river and brush.

Many people are willing to take the risk in an effort to avoid getting caught by border patrol. “They go to riskier places, more isolated places. They cross from ranches that are more apart from the highways,” says Miriam Medel García, McAllen, Texas consulate spokeswoman. Many drown because the Rio Grande in the upper valley can have currents swirling under the surface from recent dam releases. Others fall ill in the brush and are left behind. Some die in vehicles that crash and overturn while drivers attempt to flee authorities.

“We are worried because we have increases,” said Consul Victor Manuel Trevino. “We are working on some information for the media on the Mexican side and in the central part of the country, some pamphlets that say you are at risk when you cross the border.”

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