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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Americas: Mexican migrants protest border deaths

L.A. Daily News reports:

Mexican migrants marched Friday from the Pacific Ocean to Tijuana's airport, where they hung an empty casket to mark the 10th anniversary of a U.S. border crackdown blamed for contributing to thousands of migrant deaths.

Operation Gatekeeper was launched on Oct. 1, 1994, to end a flood of crossings from Tijuana to San Diego. ... critics say the effort has simply pushed illegal migrants inland to remote and more treacherous areas where they risk dying of hypothermia, dehydration and drowning. ... Human-rights activists say more than 3,100 people have died along the border since Gatekeeper began.


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