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Project Censored: 10 stories the media neglected this year

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The plight of Mexican border crossings usually involves three types of stories in the US press: deaths in the stretch of desert beyond the border, the horrors of drug cartels and heroic journeys of border crossings by sympathetic workers. But a report released a year ago by the organization No More Deaths snags the 10th spot for overlooked stories in Project Censored.

The report asserts that people arrested by Border Patrol while crossing were denied water and told to let their sick die. No More Deaths conducted more than 12,000 interviews to form the basis of its study in three Mexican cities: Nacos, Nogales and Agua Prieta. The report cites grossly ineffective oversight from the Department of Homeland Security. This has received some coverage, from Salon showcasing video of Border Patrol agents destroying jugs of water meant for crossers to a recent piece in The New York Times citing a lack of oversight for Border Patrol’s excessive force.

The ACLU lobbied the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to call international attention to the plight of these border crossers at the hands of US law enforcement.

If ever an issue flew under the radar, this is it.

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez is a reporter with the San Francisco Bay-Guardian, which originally ran this story.

Read more about these and 15 other stories highlighted by Project Censored in the book Project Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times, available at projectcensored.org.

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