Monday, April 20, 2015

Mapping Migrant Deaths Along the Mexican Border

Sleepless in Tucson has created a number of interactive maps exploring foreign national deaths along the Southern Arizona border with Mexico. The Southern Arizona Border post includes the above map showing the identifiable locations of migrant deaths crossing the border between 2001-2015.

The post also includes two heat-maps, One of the heat-maps shows where there is the highest and lowest density of deaths along the border. The second map shows the density of migrant deaths caused by hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is the number one cause of death of foreign nationals in the Southern Arizona desert.

It is hoped that the map showing deaths caused by hyperthermia can be used by organizations like Humane Borders to locate emergency water stations where they are most needed.

Drug Seizures Along the US-Mexico Border, from the Center of Investigative Journalism, examines the amount and types of drugs that have been seized being smuggled across the 2,000 mile border between the United States and Mexico.

The map plots 128,169 drug seizures made by the U.S. Border Patrol between Jan 2005 and Oct 2011. You can select which type of drug is plotted on the map (marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and other) using the buttons immediately beneath the map. The map also includes a timeline so that you can compare the number of each type of drug seized by year.

The amount of each drug seized at each U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint is represented by the size of the circle on the map. If you select a checkpoint station on the map you can also view details on the total number of seizures and the average weight of each seizure.
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