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U.S. Border Patrol agents assisting families Identify remains of deceased migrants

April 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol agents assisting families Identify remains of deceased migrants

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U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tuscon area collaborated with other law enforcement agencies to assist families in their efforts to identify the remains of migrants who were killed after crossing the border from Mexico. The agents are providing their assistance through the Missing Migrant Program.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), press release, agents are working with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Border Action Network to help families who lost relatives who disappeared after crossing the border into the desert area of southern Arizona. The “Missing in Arizona” event occurred in Phoenix on Tuesday as a follow-up to last October’s meeting.

Law enforcement officials obtained DNA samples from the families. The samples will be utilized by officials to cross-check the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) to match the DNA taken from unidentified remains.

The Missing Migrant Program also operates with other law enforcement agencies, third-party reporting entities, foreign consulates, and other non-governmental groups in their effort to reunite families and help those who had loved ones who died find closure.

CBP officials indicated that they received over 1,500 requests for help from families of missing immigrants during the last fiscal year that concluded in October.

During the first two months of this year, agents found the remains of 12 illegals who were killed in southern Arizona.

All of the migrants have not been identified due to the decomposition of the remains. This makes ascertaining the identity of the victims, their nation of origin, and the time and cause of death difficult to conclude, Pima County Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Hess said to Breitbart Texas earlier this month.

“We have been experiencing this problem for a long time,” Dr. Hess stated. “When the migrants attempt to walk through the desert, there is not much margin for error. If something goes wrong, it can be dangerous.”

His office examines the remains of about 160 deceased immigrants annually.

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier told Breitbart Texas: “Open borders policies are not compassionate policy, When we encourage illegal border crossing we are creating a human rights tragedy. These migrants are victimized by bandits, smuggling coyotes, and the harsh elements of this region.”

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