Smugglers Leave Mexican Woman Dangling From Border Fence
A Mexican woman attempting to cross into the United States illegally was left hanging—literally.
Two smugglers were trying to hoist her over the border fence in Nogales using a hoist rope and a harness on July 8 when incoming Border Patrol agents prompted the smugglers to flee, leaving the woman dangling from the fence.
“Responding agents found the woman suspended approximately 15 feet above the ground and called the Nogales Fire Department to get her down,” Customs and Border Protection stated in a release.
The 37-year-old woman, whose name wasn’t released, was uninjured and is being processed for border violations.
Border Patrol apprehended over 400,000 trying to illegally cross the southern border last fiscal year. About half were Mexican.
The number of apprehensions fell precipitously at the beginning of this year, after President Donald Trump took office with a promise of boosting immigration law enforcement and border protection.
Since May, the numbers began to pick up again, but still remain the lowest in decades. This year, the southern border is looking to be the quietest it’s been since at least the early 1970s.