DOUGLAS, Ariz – The heat exposure killed 19-year-old Cesar de la Cruz in July on an Arizona trail during his ascent from southern Mexico.The body of Juan Lopez Valencia, another young Mexican, was discovered in August 3 along a dry wash on Native American land

After the hottest, driest summer in the state’s history, authorities have bounced back from a 10-year record in terms of the number of people who traveled to Arizona’s deserts, valleys and mountains from Mexico.It is a record Reminder that the most distant paths lead to the US can be the deadliest

Enforcement efforts in neighboring states over the years have helped drive people into the difficult terrain of Arizona, and some officials and activists believe that the reinforced construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall this year, mostly in Arizona , even migrants could put at risk areas without easy access to food and water

De la Cruz and Lopez Valencia were among the 214 confirmed or suspected migrants whose deaths on the Arizona border from January through November were documented by the nonprofit Humane Borders and the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, who work together to recover human remains map

“I have no doubt the high temperatures have a lot to do with it,” said Mike Kreyche, Humane Borders mapping coordinator

The highest annual number the project documented was 224 in 2010. It was not clear whether 2020 would exceed this value if December is taken into account

The Border Patrol keeps its own statistics and lists the remains of suspicious migrants it learns about in the course of its duties, the parent agency Customs and Border Protection CBP said when another agency is restoring remains and the Border Patrol is not notified they are not on their list

In the first nine months of 2020, the Border Patrol listed 43 deaths in the Yuma and Tucson sectors that make up the Arizona border area. The mapping project tracked 181 deaths over the same period

During the 2019 calendar year, the federal government listed 70 deaths in Arizona, while the mapping project counted 144

Federal statistics show search and rescue operations near the Arizona border inexplicably fell from 232 in July and August 2019 to 213 in a record-breaking July and August 2019, but the numbers for early fall suggest that the bailouts trendy in the southwest

Hess told the Pima County Regulatory Agency in October that high temperatures and dry weather were apparently what caused more bodies to be found this year, while recovery has included skeletons, there have been many deaths recently

The National Weather Service in Phoenix says the average high temperature was nearly 110 degrees (43 degrees Celsius) in July and nearly 111 degrees in August, which helped make it the hottest summer in history, according to forecasters Phoenix peaks are roughly the same as in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona north of the Mexican border

The Meteorological Service said July and August were also the driest summer months in the state

Still, some officials and activists working near the Arizona border believe that building the Wall could send migrants to riskier places, the Trump administration expects to have some 725 kilometers of the border wall completed by the end of the year Much of it in Arizona

“The wall has sent a lot of people into rough terrain in our area,” said Tony Estrada, sheriff of Santa Cruz County, whose jurisdiction is Nogales, Arizona. “It’s like driving cattle into a ravine wherever it ultimately dies ”

The remains of more than 3000 migrants have been found near the Arizona border in the two decades since enforcement began in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, forcing people into the Arizona deserts and mountains

The authorities were able to identify about two-thirds. Most came from Mexico and Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

“It’s important to remember that these are people, not just numbers,” said Tony Banegas, CEO of the Tucson-based Colibri Center for Human Rights, which works with the medical practice, of the bodies to identify “The only thing we can be sure of is that a lot more people have died out there that we don’t even know about”

It’s not just Arizona for the past decade, mass graves of frontier workers have surfaced in South Texas after large numbers of migrants wandered through remote ranches to bypass the official checkpoint in the small town of Falfurrias
Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez said his Texas department had seen an increase in 911 calls from cross-border commuters this year, but the number of suspected migrants found in the county had dropped to 33 by the end of November, down from 45 in the county same period of 11 months last year

“We posted posters on fixed objects like poles, cattle guards, and railroad crosses telling them to dial 911 for help,” Martinez said

In southern Arizona, No More Deaths and similar humanitarian groups leave jugs of water and other food in remote locations. The group gained national attention when one of its members was tried and acquitted for housing migrants last year

Estrada, the Santa Cruz County sheriff, said he was concerned that officials may suffer more deaths over the next year as large groups of migrants flock to the border in hopes that Joe Biden’s administration will be more welcoming

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