About DukeEngage Tucson 2010

Immigration is perhaps the single largest domestic challenge facing both the United States and Mexico today. People die nearly every week attempting to cross the border. Hostilities against immigrants in the U.S. rise daily. Local, state, and international relations are increasingly strained.

For eight weeks this summer, seven students have been given the opportunity to travel to Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico to study the many faces of immigration. Following two weeks of meetings with local activists, a Border Patrol agent, a federal public defender, lawyers, members of the Tohono O’odham Nation, maquiladora owners, Grupos Beta employees, migrants, and local farmers, we will spend six weeks partnered with Southside Day Labor Camp, BorderLinks, or Humane Borders in order to further immerse ourselves in the issues of immigration.

This blog chronicles our experiences and our perspectives on what we learn while here in Arizona. We hope our stories are interesting and informative.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Migrant Deaths In July Could Set A New Record

The Arizona Sun Times reported last week that the migrant deaths recorded this month in Pima County alone could set a record. The county has experienced 38 migrant deaths this summer, which puts the county on track to break the record for July 2005 of 68 deaths in a month. Body counts for 2010 are up by almost 100 recovered bodies in a given time period from 2009, though evidence shows that migration across the Mexico border is slowing. Check out the full article here:


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