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06/06/2013 02:09 pm ET

Border-Crosser Deaths Haven't Dropped Despite Decline In Illegal Immigration

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Despite fewer people migrating illegally through Southern Arizona, the number of border-crosser remains found during the last decade has not dropped below 140 a year, according to a new report.

Also, Central Americans are now making up a bigger share of the deaths each year, the new report from the University of Arizona found. Economic conditions in Central America, coupled with increasing violence there, is pushing more Central Americans to migrate north, said Daniel Martinez, assistant professor in the department of sociology at George Washington University and co-author of the report, which was released Wednesday.

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