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ACLU: [Mex/US] Border deaths a humanitarian crisis
upi via email, no link | 10/1/9

Posted on 10/01/2009 9:26:33 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The number of deaths at unauthorized U.S.-Mexico border crossings must be recognized as an international humanitarian crisis, a civil liberties group said.

U.S., Mexican and international officials must respond to the deaths with reforms that make human life a priority, a report released Wednesday by American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties and Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights said.

The report, "Humanitarian Crisis: Migrant Deaths at the U.S.-Mexico Border," found that border deaths have increased despite fewer unauthorized crossings because of the economic downturn, the ACLU said in a news release. The report marks the 15th anniversary of the border enforcement policy Operation Gatekeeper that concentrated border agents and added walls and fencing along populated areas.

"The current policies in place on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border have created a humanitarian crisis that has led to the deaths of more than 5,000 people," said Kevin Keenan, executive director of the ACLU-San Diego and Imperial Counties. "Because of deadly practices and policies like Operation Gatekeeper, the death toll continues to rise unabated despite the decrease in unauthorized crossings due to economic factors."

Since Operation Gatekeeper began in 1994, an estimated 5,600 migrants have died while attempting unauthorized border crossings, the ACLU said.

The report recommends actions the U.S. and Mexican governments should take to protect and advance the right to life of migrants, including:

-- Recognizing border crossing deaths as an international humanitarian crisis.

-- Adopting sensible, humane immigration and border policies.

-- Shifting more U.S. Border Patrol resources to search- and-rescue operations.

-- Directing government agencies to allow humanitarian organizations to do their work to save lives and recover remains.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: aclu; illegals; immigration; mexico

1 posted on 10/01/2009 9:26:36 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: NativeNewYorker

ISGAB - I scarcely give an Obama.


2 posted on 10/01/2009 9:27:37 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NativeNewYorker

Deaths on the border? Who’s fault is that? It sure isn’t our fault. If these people don’t want to die, stay out of the desert and stop trying to enter the US illegally.


4 posted on 10/01/2009 9:28:49 AM PDT by RC2
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To: NativeNewYorker

Of course the are....
Just open the border to anyone and everyone and problem solved, huh ACLU? =.=


5 posted on 10/01/2009 9:30:11 AM PDT by cranked
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To: NativeNewYorker

round aclu up and put them in camps.


6 posted on 10/01/2009 9:30:17 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: RC2

THANK YOU!!! When will people be held accountable for thier own actions???


7 posted on 10/01/2009 9:30:17 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: NativeNewYorker

So how many Americans have died at the hands of illegal aliens in the last 10 years?

Is that a humanitarian crisis or just a mere inconvenience?


8 posted on 10/01/2009 9:30:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Then Mexico should allow the international community to set up medical facilities and camps on the Mexican side of the border, administered by the UN. Meanwhile, we need a better fence.


9 posted on 10/01/2009 9:30:55 AM PDT by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: NativeNewYorker

“Adopting sensible, humane immigration and border policies.”

Only need 1: Stay Out


10 posted on 10/01/2009 9:31:15 AM PDT by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: RC2

Reminds me of:

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

Doctor: “Stop doing that.”


11 posted on 10/01/2009 9:33:40 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: NativeNewYorker
The number of deaths at unauthorized U.S.-Mexico border crossings must be recognized as an international humanitarian crisis, a civil liberties group said.

No it's not. It is an INVASION. THAT is what it must be reconized as and it is past time to shut down the damn border.

'civil liberites group' As if that means something...

12 posted on 10/01/2009 9:34:11 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: edcoil

ed You and RC2 should send your fine common sense logical and legals suggestions to the ACLU and then bill them for “ consultation”

DUH
Stay the F in your own country and live.


13 posted on 10/01/2009 9:35:14 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: NativeNewYorker
There is a coordinated effort to start up again on this BS. If people are harmed, it is because of their own actions. Not our fault. Here is the campaign screed from the other coast:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2351620/posts

14 posted on 10/01/2009 9:35:26 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: NativeNewYorker

“The number of deaths at unauthorized U.S.-Mexico border crossings must
be recognized as an international humanitarian crisis, a civil
liberties group said.”

Empower citizens to patrol the border with allowances to fire warning
shots and, if unheeded, seize invaders for detention and repatriation.

And give them immunity if found they were justified in firing back
when fired upon by invaders.

What’s so complicated about this, Democrats?
(and some dimwit Republican Senators/Congress-Critters!!!)


15 posted on 10/01/2009 9:36:51 AM PDT by VOA
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To: cranked
A recent Pew poll found that one-third of all resident of Mexico would immigrate to the United States if they could. That is 40 million more Mexicans, and in addition, millions more who manage to get to Mexico to get access to the U.S. This is what the ACLU is advocating.
16 posted on 10/01/2009 9:37:18 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: edcoil

Hey you ACLU IDIOTS!!....KEEP OUT! or PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK! signs should be enough....


17 posted on 10/01/2009 9:38:35 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NativeNewYorker

ACLU, go to hell!


18 posted on 10/01/2009 9:38:43 AM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholic voters were true to their faith there would be no abortion and no President Obama.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

They forgot one:
— One warning to the Mexican government: to stop encouraging, aiding and abetting its citizens in their criminal invasion of the USA.


19 posted on 10/01/2009 9:43:19 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: NativeNewYorker

Of course the ALCU wants this an “international” crisis, since they despise Constitutional law.

This is 5600 people in FIFTEEN YEARS. US Homeland Security officials have put the figure at 3,861. And note the correct term is have died, not have been killed. Many die because it is the desert after all.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=107539&sectionid=351020705

Peculiar how the ACLU doesn’t consider the, 4000+ daily/1.5 million a year, slaughters of innocent little unborn boys and girls within our borders a crisis at all - just simply drowns out their dubious claim, huh!

Mexicans used to cross in a safe area, but Bill Clinton put up the wall that forced them to go around in the desert:

http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=17252

Of course, we do have a “legal” and safe way to enter this country. All immigrants from every other country did it, why not the Mexicans?


20 posted on 10/01/2009 9:55:51 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: rahbert

You read my mind. Funny how the Secualarists hate the nation that gave them so much.


21 posted on 10/01/2009 10:06:30 AM PDT by wac3rd (Felipe Calderon supports the public option.)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Since Operation Gatekeeper began in 1994, an estimated 5,600 migrants have died while attempting unauthorized border crossings, the ACLU said.

It would be nice to see a statistic that told how many deaths have been caused by illegal aliens in the US since 1994.

22 posted on 10/01/2009 10:11:47 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Hey Obama. Where is Osama Bin Laden?)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Mexican media estimate there have been 4,500 drug-linked murders in Mexico so far this year.


23 posted on 10/02/2009 5:17:27 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Mexico - beyond your expectations!)
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