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Latino Daily News

Tuesday March 15, 2011

Death and Maiming at the Border This Weekend

As the flow of illegal immigration subsides due to enforced border patrol and lack of opportunities on the U.S. side the hardships and dangers for those who dare to cross continues.

Two such incidents reported this weekend at the Arizona-Mexico border highlight the plight of immigrants. 

At 7:14 p.m. on Saturday the Santa Cruz County Sheriff found two people, who were carrying a young woman, running along the Union Pacific railroad tracks.  Upon further investigation police discovered that 18-year old Ines Flores-Melo’s foot had been severed as she tried to jump a northbound train.  She is from Oaxaca, Mexico.

She was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Tucson on advanced lift support.

Hours later, also in the Santa Cruz County of Arizona, U.S. Border Patrol found the body of a 39-year old Mexican national near the Rio Rico.  This is the fourth undocumented immigrant found deceased in the county since the beginning of the year.

Upon further investigation authorities determined he had been dead awhile and have tentatively identified him as Jacob Blanco-Mendoza of Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico.

It is unknown if the injured or deceased individual’s families have been or will be notified.