9.03.2005

Border Deaths: Record High 415

AP in El Universal: "More than 400 people have died trying to cross the border illegally from Mexico in the last 11 months, surpassing previous records.

Of those people, 228 have died crossing through Arizona, outstripping previous annual records even before the United States federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

From Texas to California, a total of 415 people have perished trying to enter the United States from Mexico far higher than last year's total of 330 and surpassing the previous high mark of 383 set in 2000, said Mario Villarreal, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington D.C."