In 1998, according to the U.S. Border Patrol, 90 undocumented immigrants lost their lives while trying to cross the border illegally. It was a record, a tragic one. Last year saw a slight dip in the number of immigrant deaths as 77 people lost their lives. That is still a tragedy.
We were hopeful a trend would start and the number of deaths would decrease even more this year.
That is not the proving to be the case.
This year 79 illegal immigrants have lost their lives and there is still time remaining in the federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 thought Sept. 30. While we can hope there will be no more such deaths, the reality is there will be more and even our best efforts cannot stop that.
One Border Patrol official said recently that if the deaths don't slow, this year's immigrant fatality totals could match those of 1998. It does not seem like the situation is about to slow. It only seems to be getting worse.