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Although Border Crossings and Apprehensions Decrease, Migrant Deaths in Desert Still High

Despite a steep decline in border crossings and apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant deaths have increased. And over the past 22 years, at least 2,238 migrants died crossing Arizona's southwestern desert, according to a new study.

The study released Wednesday by Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner and the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona found the typical migrant to perish in the desert is a man about 30 years old from central or southern Mexico who succumbs from exposure while trying to evade law enforcement. Women made up 20 percent of the deaths; teenagers and children as young as 10 accounted for 13 percent of deaths.

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