Record Number Of Migrant Deaths At Southern US Border

A record 853 migrants have reportedly died in the past year trying to illegally cross the southern U.S. border.
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At a glance

  • The deaths occurred amid record migrant encounters at the southern border, roughly 2.3 million in fiscal 2022, which ended Sept. 30.
  • The fiscal 2022 death toll of 853 compares to 546 over the previous fiscal year, according to internal Border Patrol data.
  • The number of illegal border-crossers who died in fiscal 2022 could be higher, considering that in April a government watchdog reported that Border Patrol didn’t gather and record “complete data on migrant deaths.”

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