- U.S. Border Patrol has been accused of destroying food and water left in the Arizona desert for migrants
- Between 2012-2015, The Tucson-based group No More Deaths said they distributed more than 31,000 gallons of water along migration trails
- In that time span, they found water gallons vandalized 415 times
- The group determined that in most cases, Border Patrol agents were to blame
- They even obtained video of agents kicking bottles and dumping them out
- A former agent told the group that they were encouraged to do this so that migrants would weaken and be caught
- But the group says that the result is that hundreds of migrants a year are dying in Pima County alone
U.S. Border Patrol has been accused of causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants a year by destroying food and water supplies left for them in the brutal Arizona desert by humanitarian groups.
On Wednesday, two humanitarian groups released a report, detailing how they’ve distributed more than 31,000 gallons of water along dangerous migrant paths in the Arizona desert between 2012 and 2015.
In that time frame, they say volunteers have found these stashes of food and water destroyed 415 times – or about two times a week on average.
‘Through statistical analysis, video evidence, and personal experience, our team has uncovered a disturbing reality. In the majority of cases, US Border Patrol agents are responsible for the widespread interference with essential humanitarian efforts,’ the report reads.
They said that the Border Patrol is guilty of human rights violations.
‘The practice of destruction of and interference with aid is not the deviant behavior of a few rogue border patrol agents, it is a systemic feature of enforcement practices in the borderlands,’ the report adds.
The groups – No More Deaths and La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos – say ramped up border security in the past few years has led migrants to take even more risky trails into the U.S. – through tall mountains and deserts where temperatures regularly reach over 100 degrees in the summer.
In order to survive the journey, which can take anywhere between three days and nearly a month, doctors recommend drinking between 1.3 to 3.1 gallons of water a day.