The analogy suggests that burying hundreds of unidentified migrants in Brooks County, which is home to just 7,000 people, fits the definition of a mass disaster.
There, a severely underfunded local government is overwhelmed by its responsibility: to identify the people dying on its grounds at a rate of more than six per month, if it cannot rescue them first.
"When I started working in Falfurrias, I thought it was the fault of the county, and then I learned it was really just that they didn't know and they didn't have enough funding," Hailey Duecker, a forensic anthropology fellow at the Texas Human Rights Center, told Refinery29.
Yet Duecker is hesitant to call the burials at the Sacred Heart Cemetery a mass grave.
"What was happening in Falfurrias was not mass graves. Mass graves are what happens in Rwanda. A mass grave is what happened after World War II," Duecker says.
Duecker explains that "underfunding and understaffing" in Brooks County forced local authorities to bury the dead in a sad, albeit legal, grave. Under Texas law, it is not illegal in and of itself to bury multiple bodies in the same grave.
Still, outrage is growing over what many see as a symptom of America's broken immigration system.
On August 1, a group of about 20 demonstrators gathered in Houston to protest the funeral practices they called "deplorable."
"We need [people] to break the silence and get militant in defense of their loved ones," Henry Cooper, an activist of Mexican-American descent who participated in the demonstration, told Refinery29. "People have to start...mobilizing and creating networks of solidarity and force the authorities to [make] these changes."
Cooper adds, "We are asking them to enforce the law."
And many feel that until the United States fixes its immigration system, what has happened in Falfurrias could happen again.
"People are dying because of immigration policy," says Dr. Josiah Heyman, director of the Center for Interamerican and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. "They are very, very motivated people. They have tremendous aspirations in terms of working in the United States, in terms of joining their families."