In the last five years, 13 people in southern New Mexico have Dead in a Border Patrol vehicle chase. That’s a huge uptick from the previous five years, in which no such deaths occurred, according to the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), a San Diego-based organization made up of 60 border communities in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.
“In that same period, those four states recorded at least 76 deaths related to high-speed chases instigated by Border Patrol agents,” said LCSN, the newspaper for the US state of New Mexico.
According to a report by the SBCC, Border Patrol chases are deadlier than their shootings: Between 2010 and 2022, 38 percent of people killed in encounters with immigration agents died from vehicle chases, car accidents or vehicle explosion.
By comparison, fatal shootings attributed to Border Patrol accounted for just 28 percent of violent deaths, it added.