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At Arizona's Border Morgue, Bodies Keep Coming
While illegal crossings have dropped dramatically in past years, hundreds of bodies are still found annually on the border.
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In this Aug. 10, 2012 photo, a morgue staff member brings in the body of a suspected illegal immigrant found in the Arizona desert, at the Pima County morgue in Tucson, Ariz. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this Aug. 10, 2012 photo, Dr. Gregory Hess, Chief Medical Examiner for Pima County, looks through dozens of individual personal effects collected from the bodies of illegal immigrants found dead in the Arizona desert, now stored in lockers at the Pima County morgue in Tucson, Ariz. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this Aug. 9, 2012 photo, a Mexican national, who is staying at a well-known immigrant shelter in Mexico, looks at an older map showing the illegal immigrant deaths in the Arizona desert, prior to him attempting to cross over into Arizona in the heat of the summer, in Nogales, Mexico. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this Aug. 10, 2012 photo, Caitlin Vogelsberg, a forensic anthropology intern, returns the remains of a John Doe, an unnamed suspected illegal immigrant, in a small body bag after photographing the skull for their records at the Pima County morgue in Tucson, Ariz. Many times when illegal immigrant bodies are found in the Arizona desert there is very little left of the person, requiring a much smaller body bag to contain the remains in the morgue. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this Aug. 10, 2012 photo, Dr. Gregory Hess, Chief Medical Examiner for Pima County, holds a skull from a John Doe body bag, a suspected illegal immigrant, at the Pima County morgue in Tucson, Ariz. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this Feb. 22, 2013 photo, signs and plastic flower mark the Falfurrias, Texas grave for the unidentified remains of suspected illegal immigrants discovered in South Texas. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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In this Aug. 10, 2012 photo, Dr. Gregory Hess, Chief Medical Examiner for Pima County, pulls out a pair of pants and a few bones from a small body bag, all that remains of an illegal immigrant found in the desert in Arizona at the Pima County morgue in Tucson, Ariz. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this Feb. 22, 2013 photo, signs and plastic flower mark the Falfurrias, Texas grave for the unidentified remains of suspected illegal immigrants discovered in South Texas. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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In this Feb. 22, 2013 photo, a sign and plastic flower mark the Falfurrias, Texas grave for the unidentified remains of a suspected illegal immigrant discovered in South Texas. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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In this June 25, 2012 photo, Juana Garcia Martinez, seated center, poses with her family, from left, son Carlos, 12, daughter Gladys Dominguez, 19, son Victor, 19, granddaughter Jazleen Dominguez, 8-months, and daughter Katie, 5, in front of a photo of Juana Garcia's late husband, Ildefonso Martinez, in Vista, Calif. Ildefonso Martinez died from dehydration trying to cross back into the United States after being deported last year. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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In this Feb. 22, 2013 photo, a sign and plastic flower mark the Falfurrias, Texas grave for the unidentified remains of a suspected illegal immigrant discovered in South Texas. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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In this Aug. 10, 2012 photo, Jared Beatrice, a visiting researcher of anthropology from Michigan State University, uses a computer to plot the skull from a John Doe, a suspected illegal immigrant found in the Arizona desert, at the Pima County morgue in Tucson, Ariz. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this Aug. 10, 2012 photo, Dr. Angela Soler, a forensic anthropology post doctoral fellow, photographs bones from a John Doe body bag of a suspected illegal immigrant at the Pima County morgue in Tucson, Ariz. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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In this June 25, 2012 photo, Juana Garcia Martinez poses next to a photo of Juana Garcia's late husband, Ildefonso Martinez, in Vista, Calif. Ildefonso Martinez died from dehydration trying to cross back into the United States after being deported last year. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

At Arizona's Border Morgue, Bodies Keep Coming

While illegal crossings have dropped dramatically in past years, hundreds of bodies are still found annually on the border.

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