More migrants have died on US borders since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency despite a huge drop in the number of arrests, new government data shows.
The United Nations agency International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday that it had recorded 412 migrant deaths in 2017, a three-percent increase from the 398 cases the year before.
The main reason for the deaths is thought to be attempts by the migrants to cross the borders through more-remote routes to avoid apprehension. Aside from the life risks, thi would also make it harder for authorities to rescue migrants in case of trouble.
The rise comes despite a sharp decrease in the number of arrests by border security agents over the same period along the 1,954 miles-long border.
According to IOM, Border Patrol authorities detained a total of 341,084 illegal migrants in 2017, compared to 611,689 arrests in 2016.
“The increase in deaths is especially concerning, as…