Suspected Immigrant Deaths Down In Brooks County

FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Brooks County are finding fewer bodies of suspected immigrants than last year but still expect 2013 to be the second-worst on record for deaths.

Recovered bodies in the sparsely populated county near the Texas border are among signs that immigrants are shifting migration paths away from well-worn routes into Arizona. Last year, Brooks County handled 129 bodies, second only to Arizona’s Pima County.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times ( ) reported Saturday that Brooks County had recovered 82 bodies as of this week. That’s down nearly a third from a year ago, but still up from the 50 to 60 deaths in previous years.

Immigrants typically die in Brooks County trying to circumvent a Border Patrol checkpoint. Many are forced to hike two or three days to a pickup spot.

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