‘A Senseless Tragedy’: Woman Dies Trying to Climb US Border Wall

A Mexican woman died while trying to climb the U.S. border wall in Arizona after her leg became trapped in a climbing harness and she was left hanging upside down for “a significant amount of time.” 

The county sheriff in Arizona’s Cochise County, Mark Dannels, said that this was not a political incident, but a humanitarian reality, saying someone has lost a loved one in a “senseless tragedy.” 

Dannels said that better solutions need to be found to address challenges facing the border and that these need to be done for the right reason. Regardless of opinions, facts need to direct the progress, he said. 

Border patrol officials and the sheriff’s office continue to investigate the cause of death of the 32-year-old woman. Her foot and leg got entangled as she tried to move down the side of the wall in Douglas, Arizona. She was transported to the hospital after a call to the U.S. authorities, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. 

It is a perilous journey across the U.S.-Mexico border, which is deadly for migrants. At least 7,000 are believed to have died on the border since 1998, a statistic that was reported last year and has not yet been updated. According to officials, 2020 was the deadliest year for migrants crossing the border through Arizona, and the remains of 227 people were found in that year alone. 

Migrants also die while attempting to cross the wall. A man died earlier in April after he fell from the barrier in Texas. After another fell in Texas as well and suffered a fractured right hand, he was sent to the hospital for treatment, and then immediately deported. 

The border wall in the Douglas, Arizona area where the woman died was partially constructed before the end of former President Donald Trump’s term, where the wall stands 30-feet-tall. 

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