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Cheryl P. Anderson and Debra L. Martin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400691

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400691.001.0001

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The Extended Massacre of Migrants

The Extended Massacre of Migrants

Exposure-Related Deaths in the Arizona Sonoran Desert

(p.155) 10 The Extended Massacre of Migrants

Cate E. Bird

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the large scale death of migrants in southern Arizona and the reasons why this should be viewed as an extended massacre. This mass violence against migrants is perpetrated by the state through U.S. government policies and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. These policies affect the routes used by migrants, often funnelling them through some of the harshest areas of the Sonoran Desert and resulting in many exposure-related deaths. The funnelling of migrants into dangerous terrain is intentional and aimed at deterring unauthorized migration. In this case, the desert itself is the weapon that is used against the victims.

Keywords:   Migrants, Arizona, U.S.-Mexico border, Unauthorized migration, Mass violence, Extended massacre, Sonoran Desert

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