A possie in Aussie

May 8, 2009

Desperate immigrants and refugees risk lives in suitcases and boats

Filed under: asylum,asylum seeker,boat people,Immigrant workers — Nayano @ 8:12 am

Getting some perspective on leaky boats from the US Mexico border:

Contexts has a post about border smuggling and quotes a Houston Chronicle report of tactics used to get people into the United States from Mexico.

“U.S. Border Patrol agent John Lopez has seen it all: Men hiding in tiny holes in the ground, in car trunks and behind seat backs. He’s even captured an illegal immigrant hiding in a suitcase. ‘You don’t expect to find someone in a suitcase.”

The Chronicle who notes that increasing the difficulty of border crossing means that people will take extreme risks.

The executive director of Arizona’s Border Action Network says:

“People have to rely on smuggling networks. This means that smuggling networks continue to grow and become more costly, and they become more professionalized”

And more danger for migrants and more risky crossings.

More leaking, sinking boats heading for Australia too.

For desperate people, extreme border defence means taking more extreme risks


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