Disappeared: How Border-Enforcement Agencies Are Fueling a Missing-Persons Crisis

December 7th, 2016

There is a crisis of death and disappearance happening at the US–Mexico border. Today, Tucson-based groups No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos release part 1 of a three-part report series aimed at bringing this crisis to light. The series, Disappeared: How Border-Enforcement Agencies Are Fueling a Missing-Persons Crisis, focuses on three different Border Patrol practices that increase the likelihood of someone dying or disappearing while crossing the border. Part 1, Deadly Apprehension Methods, documents how Border Patrol agents chase groups and individuals causing them to scatter in remote terrain, where these border crossers are more likely to become lost, injured, or to disappear.
We ask you to take action now to end the crisis of death and disappearance.
With Trump’s promise to build a border wall and to deport two to three million immigrants who have built lives in the US, we will inevitably witness more deathsand disappearances in the borderlands.
Today, we ask you to call and fax three congressional Democrats—Congressman Grijalva, Senator Feinstein, and Senator McCaskill—demanding that they do everything in their power to delay and halt Trump’s border wall. More specifically, we are asking these legislators to:

  • Commission a Government Accountability Office report on the cost of Trump’s wall, which would expose its extravagant cost, its ineffectiveness at halting migration, how it would push more migrants towards death and disappearance.
  • Be ready to filibuster when Trump’s wall is up for a vote

Our goal is to get 2,000 calls and faxes to each office!

Send your faxes with one click and use the numbers below to leave a message for each legislator.

Sample script: Hi my name is _____________, and I am calling to urge Congressman/Senator __________ to delay the building of a border wall under Trump’s administration. We need you now to stand up for border communities and the rights of migrants by commissioning a GAO report on the cost of Trump’s wall and by making a commitment that you will filibuster any bill that includes Trump’s wall or other border infrastructure that will push migration into deadly corridors.