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United Nations declares U.S.-Mexico border ‘deadliest’ migrant land route in the world

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The United Nations (UN) made the stark declaration that the U.S.-Mexico border is the “deadliest” land route for migrants in the world. The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) revealed Tuesday it has documented the deaths or disappearances of roughly 700 migrants near the U.S. border with Mexico in 2022. The 686 total migrants dead or missing in the area make the Mexican frontier the deadliest migrant land route worldwide.

The IOM recorded 1,457 migrant deaths or disappearances in all of the Americas in 2022, meaning the border itself appears to be the site of nearly half of all migrant deaths or disappearances in the New World, reports Just The News.

“These alarming figures are a stark reminder of the need for decisive action by States. Enhancing data collection is crucial. Ultimately, what is needed is for countries to act on the data to ensure safe, regular migration routes are accessible,” said IOM Regional Director for Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean Michele Klein Solomon.

Roughly half of the disappearances or deaths were connected to attempts to cross either the Sonoran or Chihuahuan Deserts, which span the borders of both nations. More than 6 million migrants have illegally entered in the United States since President Joe Biden took office. The White House and Democratic leadership has come under severe scrutiny for its lax border policies and dangerous rhetoric giving the impression that our borders are open.

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Mexican railway forced to suspend trains after numerous deaths from migrants jumping on board

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A railway was forced to temporarily suspend train runs in northern Mexico due to the dangers and injuries occurring from numerous migrants attempting to climb aboard its freight cars.

The Mexican railway Ferromex said it had to halt 60 trains carrying cargo that would fill a whopping 1,800 tractor trailers due to the at least “half-dozen regrettable cases of injuries or deaths” of migrants jumping on the freight cars, the company said in a statement. Many migrants even hopped on moving freight cars “despite the grave danger that represents.”

International trade will be affected by the halt, and the impact of the train stoppage will be “very important,” said Ana Bertha Gutiérrez, the international trade coordinator for the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness.

The Associated Press reports:

The company said there were about 1,500 people gathered at a rail yard in the city of Torreon, in the northern border state of Coahuila. The company also reported about 800 migrants waiting at the freight yards in Irapuato, in the north-central state of Guanajuato.

About 1,000 people were reported to be riding freight cars on the train line that connects the city of Chihuahua and the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Gutiérrez noted the impact could be felt in industrial states like Nuevo Leon, Baja California and Chihuahua, given their links to the U.S. market.

Migrants have long used the trains, known collectively as “The Beast,” to hitch rides from as far south as Oaxaca state to the U.S. border. About a decade ago, the Mexican government briefly staged raids on the trains to discourage the practice, but later largely abandoned the effort, the Associated Press added.

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