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Border States Pay for Illegals' Deaths

Wednesday, 07 September 2005 12:00 AM

In the past five years the bodies of nearly 100 people who died from heat-related causes have been recovered in the New Mexico desert near the Mexican border.

In addition, illegal aliens have died having been struck by cars while trying to cross the huge east-west highway Interstate 10, or were killed in accidents when the vehicles carrying them sped out of control – sometimes while fleeing police, according to the Washington Post.

In Arizona, 224 illegal immigrants have died this year alone in two large desert sectors, Yuma and Tucson.

In recent years "millions have been spent by states to examine the dead and prepare them for their final rest," the Post reports. "But it is only one of the many ways that the uncontrolled flow of immigrants from Mexico is costing border communities that many Americans rarely consider."

Since most of the dead lack identification, medical investigators are forced to scan fingerprints, trace dental records or contact the Mexican consulate in an attempt to notify relatives.

When bodies go unclaimed, the state makes arrangements to burn or bury them at a cost of up to $3,000 – and those expenses fall on the counties where the bodies were found.

State and local residents also must pay for thousands of illegals who are treated at local hospitals for injuries suffered during the arduous journey north.

And the states must pay overtime for law enforcement officials attempting to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling across the Mexican border.

In Arizona alone, almost 54,000 pounds of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana have been confiscated by police this year, far more than last year's total.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who both declared states of emergency at their borders in August, say the effort to stem the flow of illegal aliens into their states is draining their financial resources at an alarming rate.

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