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Unpublished research funded by the University of California found that new deterrence policies by the US Border Patrol force thousands of migrants to divert onto more dangerous routes in the middle of desert areas along the border with Mexico.

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At least 650 people trying to reach the United States died in the border area with Mexico in 2021, the highest number recorded since 2014 when the counting of these types of situations began.

The leading cause of death among migrants entering the United States through its southern border is dehydration, according to Customs and Border Protection.

The Arizona desert, with its extreme climate, is one of the most frequent roads used by migrants, after border authorities force people to walk on remote and distant routes from urban areas.

The Border Patrol’s policy was called insane by American academics that it only drives migrants to their deaths,

A total of 7,000 people were rescued in the Arizona desert in 2021, most of them suffering from psychological stress and severe dehydration.

The study authors found that the places where migrants die in a busy area between Nogales, Mexico and Three Point, Arizona, are concentrated in places with the largest predicted loss of evaporated water.

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