Skip to comments.[South Texas:]Extreme Heat Claiming the Lives of Dozens of Undocumented Immigrants
Posted on 08/30/2011 9:54:25 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
The heat continues claiming the lives of dozens of illegal immigrants facing extreme temperatures day after day out in area ranches.
For the Webb County Medical Examiner, more deaths poses a bigger task of identifying all those people who were left stranded to die alone.
Our Annette Garcia spoke with her about the illegal crossers their tragic story and chances of being reunited with their loved ones.
Dozens try but never make it.
This is one who illegally crossed the border who walked for miles most likely days, but fell victim to the blistering heat.
We understand why they want to come across but its very dangerous. At this time of the year its more dangerous than at any other time. Its just too hot out there.
This is what just one week of heat does to a deceased human body.
Medical examiner Dr. Coreen stern says the summer heat has claimed dozens of lives bodies that fill every inch of cooler space all left to be identified.
I will send photographs of the decedent of their clothing if they had piercing if they had unique dental work. I take photographs of that.
The process can take as little as 72 hours.
But for some patients, it takes every possible method to get a positive ID.
just recently in the last couple of weeks we had an elderly man identified because his daughter had just bought those shoes before he went on his journey to come across.
There are a lot of belongings that people wear on their person that help identify them these are just an example of that. This rosary and this watch were worn by two people that have already been buried. They were never identified.
The deadly price for a better life in the United States. I feel we are their voice.
Stern says her patients are usually kept for at least 60 days to be identified and then buried by indigent services.
But she says because of the overwhelming number of bodies being brought in they're only staying for a few days.
Stern says still the majority of people do make it to where they are going meaning the deaths will continue until people learn about the deadly consequences.
Never been safer?
Stupid is as stupid does.
Breaking the law has consequences; don’t look for sympathy from me
Here’s a quarter-——call someone who cares. I don’t
Would land mines be more humane?
Maybe the illegals should sneak into the US in the winter, when the temperature in the desert is not 110-115 in the daytime!
Foreign invaders should be buried Iraqi style: in a mass grave.
And of course, if they were in Mexico, they would have been perfectly safe.../sarc
Perry supporters worry about these dears!
That euphemism papers over what they really are: CRIMINALS.
These lawbreakers deserve death. Thankfully, the heat is doing a job that O'Bambi refuses to do.
Mexico is messed up because it's been run by Mexicans for hundreds of years. I don't know why they can't get things right, but watching them screw up my country isn't on my list of things to do!
I don’t mean to sound uncaring but these people live in Mexico. Its not like they don’t how stupid it is to go out and try to cross the desert in the middle of the summer. There is not much we can do about it except try to discourage them from crossing.
Better life includes American welfare, food stamps, taking American jobs, free education, free health care, have endless babies and charge the sucker tax payers, all while being coddled and pandered to by government at all levels, as they rush to print everything in Spanish. All this while the corrupt American leaders celebrate holidays like Cinco De Mayo up in the White House, while watching our electoral process being undermined and subverted.
I have nothing but burning contempt for those who've aided and abetted this epic betrayal of America and I want them held responsible for this 30 million man gang rape of our sovereignty, our borders and our laws.
Here is one of them, lending support and credibility to a racist organization, which totally supports amnesty, illegal aliens and the destruction of American sovereignty.
Make posters showing the dead, and send them to Mexico. Post them at the border. Maybe it will make people turn back.
I was just listening to that song not 5 minutes ago!!!
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Ideally, it would go down something like this:
Ramone: "Such a shame about Fernando back there."
Juan "Yeah, I'm sure glad I brought an extra jug of wa..."KaBOOOOOOOM!
(juan less illegal entry!)
I like this idea. Some of the posters could show dehydration victims, while others can show pictures of nooses and guns.
Whatever works... (I’m just sayin’.)
If Obama really cared about Hispanics, instead of touring around in his bus he’d send the bus to the border to transport the illegals safely to Austin.
Hmmmm(tapping chin) what can we do about this?
We could, I don’t know, maybe, tell them to stay home and not break our laws?
Death in the commission of a crime; who cares?
The folks crossing the border from Mexico ain’t going to a Mensa meeting.
“If a bunch of idiots want to marry each other, why should I care?”
I care, frankly, I don’t think a tortuous death penalty is a just result of illegally crossing a border.
I want a fence, I want border control, etc.
But I don’t hate these people, and I am truly sorry they have died what must be such horrible deaths.
I'm with you, I cannot take pleasure or celebrate, the death of another human being, whether they brought it on themselves or not.
Awww gee, attempted invasion of our nation can be fatal?
Needs to happen a LOT more often.
Now, just stop wasting taxpayer funds to identify these invaders.
Drop the bodies at the nearest Mexican consular office or border station for the Mex. to deal with as they see fit.
I really doubt they would lift a finger to identify them.
Actions have consequences.
Kind of like the "Texans" at the Alamo -- right?
I'm rather puzzled by your response. Please elaborate if you will. Thanks much.
It’s not a death penalty, penalties are imposed on a person by other persons. Nobody is forcing them to trek across the desert; their deaths are self-initiated. Too many stupid criminals and stupid people who take illegal or ill-conceived actions which cause their own deaths. Their deaths are no more horrible than the guy that I knew years ago who died as a result of smoking a cigarette while cleaning a garage floor with gasoline. I felt some sympathy for him because he wasn’t breaking the law, just being stupid. The illegals are breaking the law, trashing our borders, demanding resources and dollars we don’t have and in many cases killing, raping and injuring American citizens. They’re no better than thieves who take advantage of your unlocked door. In the absence of border control they will continue to come illegally, some will die and I don’t care; too bad for them.
I think I’ve made myself clear. Many of the leading defenders of the Alamo were there to wrest control of Texas from Mexico. They were foreign (American) adventurers looking to come up in the world, who thought they had a chance because Mexico had been ineffective at limiting immigration.
Strangely, when I visited the Alamo the message (delivered by docents in hushed and reverent tones) was that we were treading in a place of holy martyrdom, eternally ennobled by the “Texans’” sacred cause. I was very polite and kept my thoughts to myself. But I wonder why your barbaric logic shouldn’t be applied to them as you’d have it apply to poor Mexicans today who took a gamble and lost.
The heroes of the Alamo were engaged in a sacred cause, on the side of freedom and liberty against a tyrannical dictator, General Santa Anna who overturned the constitution that had been established in 1824.
To equate the righteous defenders of the Alamo with illegals swarming across our border is simply preposterous.
I steadfastly embrace American Exceptionalism without apology. Do you?
Should have stayed in Mexico .
Heck no. I already have a religion.
Without question, I respect your long and distinguished tenure as a FReeper. Rather than escalate this matter into what may devolve into an unduly harsh argument, I'll simply wish you well and thank you for your response to my initial query in this thread.
May God Bless you. Really. (No /sarc tag expressed or implied).
Thank you. And the same to you.
I was responding to comments like
“These lawbreakers deserve death. Thankfully, the heat is doing a job that O’Bambi refuses to do. “ by re_nortex. There are several in that vein.
“There is not much we can do about it except try to discourage them from crossing.”
Ironically, if we had decent control of our borders we’d probably save many of these lives.
It’s that time of year to trot out the heat-related death stories, to wring out the tears for the poor UDAs.