What GAO Found United States Government Accountability Office Why GAO Did This Study H ighlights Accountability Integrity Reliability www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-06-770 . To view the full product, including the scope and methodology, click on the link above. For more information, contact Laurie Ekstrand at (202) 512-2758 or [email protected]Highlights of GAO-06-770 , a report to the Honorable Bill Frist, Majority Leader, United States Senate August 2006 ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION Border-Crossing Deaths Have Doubled Since 1995; Border Patrol’s Efforts to Prevent Deaths Have Not Been Fully Evaluated GAO’s analysis of data from the BSI, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and studies of state vital registries shows consistent trends in the numbers, locations, causes, and characteristics of migrant border-crossing deaths that occurred along the southwest border between 1985 and 2005. Since 1995, the number of border-crossing deaths increased and by 2005 had more than doubled. This increase in deaths occurred despite the fact that, according to published estimates, there was not a corresponding increase in
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