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Grijalva: Deaths will increase if border security ramped up

Saying billions included in the comprehensive immigration reform bill don't address relief and rescue needs, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva told the House on Wednesday that "if 6,000 people had perished in any other part of this world, we would be calling it a human rights and humanitarian crisis."

Said Grijalva:

If the money we're talking about in enforcement does not include rescue and humanitarian relief, then it's not addressing the problem. I guarantee you that over a 10-year period, if 6,000 people had perished in any other part of this world, we would be calling it a human rights and humanitarian crisis. It doesn't get the attention it should, but the tragedy continues. And with this increased security, people will look for further and more desolate areas to be dropped off by smugglers. And again the deaths will increase.

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