4,000 U.S.-bound migrants have died or gone missing in the past four years

Central American migrants at a shelter in Mexico.
(Image credit: PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Even more migrants have died or gone missing on their way to the United States in the past four years than experts previously thought.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that since 2014, about 4,000 migrants traveling to the U.S. through Mexico have died or gone missing, which is about 1,500 more than previously estimated by the United Nations. AP points out that this number is "likely low" since migrants traveling illegally are often unreported. Globally, more than 56,000 migrants have died or gone missing in the past four years.

After sharing these disturbing new figures, AP's story goes on to focus on the account of a Honduran woman, Haydee Posadas, whose son made the journey to the United States through Mexico, fleeing gang violence at home. But he never made it to America, having been murdered by gang members on the way along with 71 other migrants. Posadas waited an excruciating eight years to find out what happened to her son, all the while holding out hope he could still be alive.

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Some people from Posadas' neighborhood, AP points out, are part of the caravan of Central American migrants making their way to the United States, which Trump has insisted is full of some "very bad people."

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