The year with the most border deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to be 2022.
Since October, there have been 748 deaths along the southern border of the United States, up from 557 during the previous fiscal year, according to CNN reporter Priscilla Alvarez.
“This might be the deadliest year, the deadliest fiscal year. A Homeland Security official now tells me that, so far this fiscal year, there have been 748 deaths along the southwest border, and that is still with a month to go in the fiscal year. Now, to compare, last fiscal year, there [were] 557 deaths and 247 deaths in fiscal year 2020.”
There may be hundreds of unreported deaths because these figures only include those reported to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Alvarez noted that eight dead were recently discovered in the Rio Grande and that illegal immigrants frequently travel perilous routes to enter the United States.
“Now, remember, migrants often pass through treacherous terrain, dangerous waters, and sometimes fall off the border barrier when crossing from Mexico to the United States. And that really came into focus last week when eight bodies were recovered from the Rio Grande in what was a mass drowning incident.”
It is also important to keep in mind that migrants who are not familiar with the geography along the U.S.-Mexico border are more likely to depend on smugglers to assist them in locating routes into the United States.