Border-crossing deaths reach 257 this year

Rio Grande Digital

At least 257 Mexican nationals have died this year trying to cross the border into the United States, according to a Juárez newspaper report.

Thirteen Mexican consulates in the US have reported deaths, El Diario de Juárez says, citing statistics from the Directorate General of Mexicans Abroad at the Foreign Ministry. The figures were updated on Oct. 12.

Under current regulations, the consulates are responsible for providing the financial support for relatives to repatriate the remains of deceased migrants and for providing necessary documents.

The Consulate of Mexico in Tucson reported the most deaths with 110, followed by McAllen-Laredo with 42 and 29 respectively.

By state, Arizona had the most cases with 130 cases this year, followed by Texas with 100 and California with 27. There were no deaths reported in New Mexico.

Regarding cause of death, most cases, 135, were from dehydration, followed by 35 drowning deaths. There were also deaths from hypothermia, vehicle accidents and health problems. Another category under cause of death is “other or pending,” referring to cases where cause of death is unclear or not formally determined, the newspaper reported.

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