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June 11, 2021

SUNLAND PARK, NEW MEXICO – This week, a 20-year-old man was found unconscious and subsequently died in the harsh summer heat of the Sunland Park desert. 

Others were found in distress, including a pair of Ecuadorian women, near the Santa Teresa port of entry on Wednesday. One woman was unconscious. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Temperatures exceeding 100 degrees are creating deadly conditions for those crossing the border. 

Nayomi Valdez, public policy director at the ACLU of New Mexico, had the following response:

“We’re calling on the Biden Administration to reverse Trump-era policies that make tragic deaths like this inevitable. This young man’s death is yet another example of how inhumane policies like Title 42 force people who are escaping horrible conditions in their home countries to make dangerous and desperate decisions. All people coming to the US in search of sanctuary should be treated with the care and dignity they deserve. During his campaign, President Biden promised to reverse Trump’s cruel border policies. This administration must be held accountable to its promises to establish a fair and humane approach at the border.”