Dying to Get Back

Number 26340
Subject Immigration
Source Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute
State California
Year 2013
Publication Date May 7
Summary The death of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, 39, in March 2012 sparked little attention. A construction worker and father of five who’d lived in Southern California for more than 20 years before being deported to Mexico, he was just another immigrant to die in the Arizona desert while attempting to cross back into the United States. But “Dying to Get Back,” a joint investigation by The Investigative Fund and PBS’s Need to Know, revealed that his death was part of a disturbing phenomenon: even as tighter border security has sent illegal border crossings plummeting, migrant deaths are on the rise — particularly among the deported parents of American children.
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Keywords immigration; Alfonso Martinez Sanchez; Southern California; Mexico; deportation; Arizona desert; United States; PBS; Need to Know; border security
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