These Volunteers Are Saving Migrant Lives At The U.S.-Mexico Border (HBO)

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The Armadillos, a small search and rescue group, journey to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona up to two times a month, hoping to help curb the hundreds of migrant deaths that occur every year near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S.-Mexico border has the fourth highest migrant fatalities in the world, according to the International Organization for Migration. In 2017, 376 people died crossing to America, almost a third of them in the Sonoran desert of Arizona.

The group of roughly 15 volunteers, many of them with day jobs in construction and labor, hold fundraisers to pay for food, water gas, and the other supplies needed to survive walking through the harshest environment in North America — sometimes for up to 12 hours in up to 120 degree heat.

VICE News went with them on one of their missions to the desert.

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