Tucson migrant walkers call for immigration reform

Published: Jun. 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:14 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There have been 62 human remains discovered along the Southern Arizona-Mexico border from October, 2013-May 13, 2014, according to information from the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office.

Migrant advocates wrapped up a week-long 75-mile walk for life through the hot Southern Arizona desert to raise awareness about the issue and call for immigration reform Sunday.

Migrant Trail Walk event organizer, Chandra Russo, says illegal immigrant deaths along the border are avoidable.

"The desert is so brutal and the area is so vast that many of those that go missing are not found in a recognizable state," Russo said at Kennedy Park where the walk ended Sunday. "We are recovering human remains, people cannot be identified sometimes there's not even enough DNA to establish if it is a male or a female migrant."

Immigration reform opponents say the deaths would stop if people entered the United States legally.

However, Russo says the current immigration system is broken. She says the deaths will continue until change occurs.

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