Migrant Death and the INS' Border Safety Initiative: An Impact Evaluation

Rob T. Guerette, Rutgers University

In response to concerns over an apparent increase in death among migrants attempting unauthorized entry into the United Sates under treacherous conditions, the Immigration and Naturalization Service in a joine effort with the Mexican government created the Border Safety Initiative (BSI) to increase safety along the U.S.-Mexico border. In performance of this mandate, the U.S. Border Patrol began a series of life saving measures in June of 1998. To date, however, there have been no systematic evaluations of BSI operational effectiveness. Using data from the U.S. Border Patrol's Incident Tracking System and U.S. vital statistics this paper analyzes the impact of Border Patrol operations on levels of migrant death.

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