Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Quote Of The Day

" The implementation of neoliberal policies in Mexico and Central America and border militarization in the U.S. have combined in the last two decades to force displaced migrants to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in more remote areas, where they are subject to extreme exposure and a host of other geographical dangers. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) promotes this program as a policy of "prevention through deterrence", it is, in reality, a death sentence for many immigrants crossing the border. Since it is not intended to halt the flow of migration so much as rechannel it through less visable routes, the results have been horrific. Over 4,000 migrants--men, women, and children--have perished crossing the border since the inception of border militarization in 1994. The death toll continues at an increasing rate. Over the last fiscal year, 460 people are known to have died on the border. That far exceeds the previous record of 383 in fiscal 2000. This does not include the unknown number of missing or those injured while crossing."---Justin Akers Chacon