22 people have died in Border Patrol car chases over the last four years: report

At least 22 people have died and 250 were injured in vehicular pursuits by Border Patrol agents on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico over the last four years, a new analysis has found. 

Agents conducted more than 500 pursuits near the border in California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, according to the analysis published Thursday by ProPublica and The Los Angeles Times. One-third of them ended in a crash. The report found that a pursuit ends in a crash every nine days on average. 


The number of people hurt in the pursuits has jumped 42 percent in the two years of President Trump's tenure, the news outlets reported. 

The organizations said that Border Patrol did not give them this data. Instead, their reporters went through 9,000 federal criminal complaints against alleged human smugglers between 2015 and 2018 and built a database from them. 

The Hill has reached out to Customs and Border Protection, of which Border Patrol is part, for comment. ProPublica and the L.A. Times report that they reached out to Border Patrol's national office, which refused to respond to their questions. 

Border Patrol has come under scrutiny for its treatment of migrants after four people died in in the agency's custody in recent months.