The southwestern U.S. border has become an increasingly lethal snare: Brutal heat, desert freezes, harsh currents, poisonous snakes and sporadic gunfire are killing a rising number of undocumented migrants who are picking progressively treacherous routes to elude extra federal patrols.

And the “border surge”—a Senate proposal to double U.S. agents on the Mexican boundary and extend 700 miles of fencing—would squeeze even more incoming migrants onto perilous and scorching overland paths, likely boosting the death toll of crossers from the 477 who perished attempting to enter America during 2012, experts say.

“People are going into more dangerous areas. It’s probably very difficult to carry water the farther out you’re going,” said Stuart Anderson, executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy, an Arlington, Va.-based group that researches immigration issues. He authored a March study that showed the death rate among people trying to illegally traverse the Mexican border soared by 27 percent last year while overall migration from Mexico continued to decline.

“These aren’t camping trips. People aren’t preparing. Or, they may be taken in by smugglers … and that’s not the same as a family going together where they really care about what happens to one another,” Anderson said.

Harsh weather and desolate terrain combine to cause the most common form of death on the border: a nasty blend of dehydration plus either overheated or over-chilled bodies, according to a University of Arizona study published this month that examined data from the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Bullets also fly on the border. According to Isacson’s tracking: “There have been as many as 20 cross-border shooting incidents in the last few years.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed that during the past two years there have been eight such fatal incidents involving their agents or officers.

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On June 4, Mexican soldiers rescued 165 people who had been kidnapped about three weeks earlier by a drug cartel and held in a small home along the U.S. line. Among the victims were 150 migrants from Central America who had planned to cross the border in the Rio Grande Valley.

As Congress appears set to clamp down even harder on the U.S.-Mexico border with bolstered patrols and fencing, human-rights advocates like Isacson and Boyce contend that deaths among illegal migrants will spike as more of those people choose to head even deeper into the remote, desert scrub and higher into the mountains as they hike to enter America. Temperatures along those routes can reach 110 degrees.

“If they’re going to double border patrol, they should at least quadruple or quintuple the portion of border patrol that is doing search and rescue,” Isacson said. “That would save some lives.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, however, that “common sense immigration reform legislation” must include measures that would tighten border security—along with crackdowns on employers that hire undocumented workers and a streamlining of the legal-immigration system.

“The border security amendment agreed to by a bipartisan group of Senators is in line with that criteria,” Napolitano said in a June 21 statement. “It will devote important additional resources to the robust border security system this Administration has put in place and strengthen what was already an unmatched piece of border security legislation.”

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  • I’d make it even more dangerous than that: 10,000 volts and the 101st or 87th Airborne.

    • Bossman

      To do that, you would need to declare war on Mexico first. The problem with many of you posters to Amren is that many of you don’t know a damn thing about international law.

      • So long as the electrified fence is installed completely inside US territory, we’d be square with international law. The Soviets did this between the two halves of Germany and even added unmanned “robot” guns that fired along wires if they were touched.

        • Bossman

          That was during the cold war. The cold war got dangerously hot sometimes during those years. Obama was at the Brandenburg gate just last week to celebrate with the Germans the passing of those very bad times.

          • Romulus

            Yes and happily only approx, 4.5 thousand showed up

          • Erasmus

            And most of them were party hires. IOW, they were paid to make an appearance.

          • And all done under exactly the same UN Charter signed in 1945 that prevails today.

      • Eagle_Eyed

        Who exactly would be enable to enforce this “international law?” Interpol? Inspector Clouseau? You think a President Kobach or President Sessions would care about what Amnesty International says?

        • Bossman

          But Mexico would certainly care and the whole world would side with them. Shooting dead the nationals of a friendly trading partner would be sheer madness and nobody in their right minds would contemplate that. Crossing an international border without inspection is defined by law as a simple act of trespass.

          • George

            There are work-arounds.

            Set the rules of engagement for the border patrol on the southern border. For a 50 mile strip along the border, agents are to shoot all individuals who have not cleared customs and/or are in the country illegally. In non-urban areas leave the bodies where they lie.

            The Mexican government issues pamphlets warning its citizens of the risks & dangers of illegal entry in to the US. They can reprint with updated information and post signs every 100 yards on their side of the border.

          • Bossman

            This is not the Middle Ages. Such disrespect for basic human rights are no longer tolerated. You cannot shoot someone dead for what is defined by law as a misdemeanor.

          • RisingReich

            Invaders deserve to be shot DEAD. Period. I’m sure the invaders will ‘appreciate your human rights’ as they rob you, or more likely as they run over your warm body in a drunken haze, as has happened in Colorado repeatedly.

          • Sick of it

            These invaders rob, rape, murder, commit arson, transport drugs, kidnap people for the cartels, CUT OUT HUMAN HEARTS, etc.

          • Romulus

            The cartels are also responsible for at least 50,000 Mexican deaths with weapons provided by holder and Barry.

          • Sick of it

            They’ve killed a lot more than that, especially when you throw in places like Central America and Colombia.

          • George

            When a nation is invaded, it may lawfully use deadly force to repel the invaders.

            The American people have the right and the duty to defend the republic against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

            The human rights of those lawfully in or of the United States take precedence over those of the invader. Beg to differ? Ask what happened to the Japanese.

            If you want to be legalistic, classify illegal entry in to the United States as a federal felony. The Bill of Rights does not apply to those not lawfully in the US. Those apprehended in the act of illegal entry within 50 miles of the southern border are then subject to summary judgment by the apprehending officer.

          • Re-entry after deportation from a previous felony conviction *IS* a federal felony. The old sentencing guidelines gave 24 months for that. An illegal who behaved himself inside the joint would be deported by the US Marshals after serving a minimum of 21 months of that.

          • Bossman

            Illegal entry into the USA is not a felony; it is a misdemeanor. It has been that way for a long time.

          • Nrrrrrrrnt. Illegal re-entry after a previous US felony or “felony misdemeanor” is a federal felony.

          • Non Humans

            (Cough) Libtard (Cough)

          • Erasmus

            There were some good things to be said about the Middle Ages, not willfully violating another country’s sovereignty with impunity was one of them.

            Beyond the awful stench I couldn’t care less if the body count were in the thousands. I’m tired of seeing my own countrymen get shafted as our leaders sell us out for money and political gain.

            I am tired of demands being repeatedly made on my compassion. I have wised up and I now save it only for people who deserve it: My family, my friends and my fellow Americans, not crooks who come to harm through their own criminal misbehavior.

          • kjh64

            Shooting people is simply not necessary, just cut off the reasons why they come here. If people in this country illegally can’t make any money, they won’t come.

          • We would have to kill off the entire “gibs me dat” welfare system for that to have any effect. Pakistanis don’t go to Britain to “work”. Turks don’t go to Germany to “work” and Algerians don’t go to France to “work”. They go there to be supported by taxpayers and to rape white women, just like Mexican’ts here.

            The Mexican’t government issues comic-book pamphlets for their illiterate greasers y greaseritas on how to milk the US system once they are here.

          • evilsandmich

            Well there weren’t countries per se. The future likely looks like the past though where out of self defense different groups form ‘dutchies’ and you’ll encounter a new spoken language every fifty or so miles that you drive.

          • One can never “demand” compassion, and this is why socialism fails a reality check. They’re not “compassionate”; they’re gangsters. If two armed men want you to give the contents of your wallet to a third man, they are robbing you.

          • Do you want to watch me?

            My rights were stripped from me in a process that felt much like my own murder.

            If this is good enough for me, it is good enough for you.

          • Sure we can. There is a great big difference between your “cannot” and my “should not”.

          • evilsandmich

            What to do then when people from the Middle Ages are invading?

          • RisingReich

            I support your plan, but even here on this website many will call your plan ‘uncivilized’ and cry to the heavens bemoaning those who would take ACTION to remedy the dire situation on the border.

            This over concern about being ‘civil’ is exactly how Whites got in this mess in the first place.

          • Sick of it

            We can be civil…until they cross our border. Then, as I said above, the machine guns. That’s called national sovereignty. Maybe it’s time to choose that over a one world conglomerate government.

          • Erasmus

            Let them call it uncivilized. There always comes a point at which a person cries, “No!”
            We’ve reached that point. We do NOT need these people here. We outsourced many of our jobs to other countries and now we’re flooding our own country with low-skilled, poorly educated people to take the ones remaining. That policy is not only absurd, t’s immoral.

          • JDInSanDiego

            Allowing tens of millions of illegals from lawless cultures to do whatever they want here would be sheer madness and nobody in their right minds would contemplate that. Crossing our international border without inspection is defined by Americans as a serious breach of our security which exposes a major weakness to our enemies. It also exposes us to violent crime and disease and degrades our culture.

          • mobilebay

            Nobody mentions that after “only” trespassing, the false documents, fake names, and stolen IDs are a felony. But what’s a few felonies from our best friends? If Washington doesn’t care, why should we?

    • The__Bobster

      I’d stock the Rio Grande with hungry piranhas that like spicy food.

      • Bossman

        Keep dreaming! Mexico is a friendly trading partner of the USA. Do you think a friendly trading partner would stand for such brazen acts of insults?

        • RisingReich

          “Friendly trading partner” – oh yeah. Trading partner of drugs, crime, disease and pestilence. Yup. Very ‘Friendly’.

          • Sick of it

            We had eliminated tuberculosis in the United States…and then guess who brought it back?

          • Romulus

            As reported by the Centers for Disease Control the increase in Tuberculosis can be directly attributable to the increase in illegal immigration along the southern border.

        • Romulus

          You clearly must be either still in or fresh out of college, judging by the caliber and content of your posts. You are ,of course,entitled to an opinion, however clouded.

          • Wethepeople

            As a college student I assure we we are all neither as un-intelligent nor as brainwashed as this individual is. Most, but not all.

          • Romulus

            I shouldn’t have painted with such a broad stroke. Its a relief that some out there are not in the leftist media coma.

        • Exactly what would they do about it? Cut off the Hollyweirdos’ supply of nose-candy?

        • evilsandmich

          With friends like these…

    • MadMike

      Lead Poisoning too.

      • Bossman

        You can’t do none of those things because Mexico is a friendly trading partner of the USA. Such things are only possible when two countries have declared war on each other.

    • Bossman

      Mexico is a friendly trading partner of the USA. So how could the USA shoot their nationals dead for what is defined by law as a simple act of trespass?

    • Sick of it

      Am I the only fan of machine guns, mortars, etc. on the border? With concrete bunkers…

      • Romulus

        Hear, hear old chap!!

      • Non Humans

        I’m down for that. I’d even be interested in changing industries and relocating if that was to become a method of enforcement.

      • Which machineguns?

        • Sick of it

          M-50s should do nicely.

          • Just what is an M-50?

            If you mean the M-60, it was and is a PoS. I also completely disapprove of getting military personnel involved in civilian law-enforcement. That’s just a way to get good soldiers dead along with bad cops.

          • Sick of it

            CWA Dragon M-50…creepy name admittedly. Or maybe a .50 Browning Machine Gun.

            It’s not civilian law enforcement if they’re holding back invaders from a foreign country.

      • evilsandmich

        Most places use land mines. They’re much less expensive and much more permanent.

        • Sick of it

          Might be too dangerous to any of our people doing routine checks, etc.

          • That’s why one should use multiple rows of walls and fences. Some areas would have to be permanently “no access”, but the minefields could be refreshed with helicopter-dropped additions.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      I think a scorched earth policy for everything south of San Antonio is in order. Or maybe we can create something akin to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone between our two countries.

    • Romulus

      Don’t you mean the 82nd?!

    • Bossman

      North America is being slowly integrated so all those dreams of electrocuting Mexicans are just useless fanciful dreams.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        Tell me honestly, do you really want to “integrate” with the likes of Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador? I don’t think that even “Reconqista” Rubio is delusional enough to think that would be a good idea.

        • Bossman

          There’s is NAFTA and CAFTA. What do you think these trade relations are if not the first steps in a long process of integration?

          • Sick of it

            So you’re arguing on behalf of the idiots who passed these measures that we should shut up and accept the loss of our national sovereignty? Feel free to leave, you and the recent immigrants who keep telling us what to do with OUR country.

  • An old Marx Brothers bit comes quickly to mind:

    Patient: “Doctor, doctor, it hurts when I do this.”

    Doctor: “Then don’t do that.”

    From the article, we read, “People aren’t preparing.”

    And they die; good. Does anyone really think that the United States needs even MORE irresponsible freeloaders here? Darwin Awards all ’round.

  • bigone4u

    I see a Steven Spielberg movie coming out of the drama in the desert furnance. Some guy named Swindler saves untold illegals from certain death by using his fortune to track them, bring them food, water, and medical supplies. Jello or J-Lo or whatever she calls herself can play an illegal woman fighting for her children’s future. Swindler’s List might even bring that loathsome Roger Ebert back from the grave to give it a thumbs up. There won’t be a dry eye in the house, and the politicians will play on public sympathy to allow even more to come in legally in order to save the lives of J-Lo and her rug rats.

    • Sick of it

      lmfao Swindler’s List…that’s priceless!

    • Romulus

      Indeed!! Hysterical!!

  • The__Bobster

    Yes, we’re putting a gun to the heads of these ugly brown squat monsters and forcing them to invade us.

    • You forgot “lazy” and “stupid” and need to somehow work in “don’t know that sunstroke, dehydration, scorpions and rattlesnakes are dangerous”.

  • Spartacus

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed that during the
    past two years there have been eight such fatal incidents involving
    their agents or officers.”

    Another side-effect of Obama and Holder’s “Fast and Furious” ?

  • kjh64

    This is why the entire border needs to be secured. If China can build the Great Wall of China in the Middle Ages that extends 4,000 miles, the USA in modern times could easily build a wall that extends 2,000 miles. After building the wall, put the national guard on the border and greatly increase border patrol. Pronto, border secured.

    However, in addition.; E-verify for all jobs and welfare benefits; get rid of birthright citizenship; get rid of sanctuary cities; allow the police to ask for the papers of foreign nationals stopped for an offense; deport all criminal aliens in our jails; allow landlords to check the legal status of renters just like they can check the criminal backgrounds and credit of Americans.

    Do the above and our illegal immigration problem would take care of itself. It would stop people smugglers, drug smugglers and other criminals on the border. Potential illegal migrants would not come because they couldn’t make any money in the US.

    • Bossman

      It may have taken the Chinese 100 years to build that wall and they did it using slaves.

      • Bossman

        Correction. The Great Wall of China was built during a 2000 year period!!!!

      • evilsandmich

        To be fair, the dilineation between ‘slave’ and ‘laborer’ through most (all?) of China’s history is kind of gray.

    • Sick of it

      Read the XIV Amendment – It actually does not allow for this anchor baby phenomenon…this is another theory by the progressives that holds no water.

  • Romulus

    Good news travels fast!! I’d like to see an increase of 2000%. If their going to come anyway,why don’t we just have the CIA stage a coup, install an American puppet govt.,and annex the whole country. Ditto for Canada!

    • Sick of it

      I wouldn’t mind joining with Canada per se, but I’d rather we kept very separate from Mexico.

    • George

      That’s fine by me, Romulus. The United States will make a wonderful 11th province.

      • kjh64

        Ha, ha that’s funny.

  • Romulus

    I’ll try again, since I was deleted. I’ll rephrase. Hopefully mother nature can provide us some assistance with the border.

  • Looks good to me. Let’s build three, with land mine fields between the walls. Bouncing Betties.

  • Bossman

    Israel is a very small country and her neighbors are all hostile to her. Mexico, on the other hand, is a friendly trading partner of the USA.

    • Friendly enough to send their goods by ship, after a three week quarantine.

    • Friendly enough to print comic-book pamphlets telling their illiterate poor how to mooch off the white man’s welfare system.

    • Erasmus

      And we’re a much bigger country with greater resources. Build the wall. It would be a wonderful public works program. When we’ve become a 3rd world country, we’ll wish we had built it.
      (BTW, how’s the weather in Haifa today?)