The death toll rises almost every day as more and more undocumented immigrants attempt to cross through our desert and local waterways, either on their own or with the infamous guides known as "coyotes."
Last weekend we saw just how deadly our area can be. On Friday and Sunday a total of four bodies were found in the New River, on Saturday the body of a woman was found in a gas station bathroom in Desert Shores and the bones of some unidentified soul were found in the Corrizo Wash area.
That's just one weekend. Over the course of the summer scores of people have died in Imperial County while crossing into this country illegally. Just when it seems it might slow, more people die. It is a human tragedy, one repeated year after year as people risk their own lives in search of an elusive dream.
The cost of crossing the border illegally should never be death, but the fact is you cannot win out over this environment this time of year. The summer heat in the Valley is oppressive even if you have air conditioning and access to water. Without those things, the desert heat is deadly.