The U.S. Border Patrol has warned migrants attempting to illegally cross the southern border about the dangerous conditions prevailing in the region that have left many dead or in dire need of medical care.
In fiscal year 2022, border agents at the El Paso Sector have rescued more than 201 illegal immigrants, a big jump compared to 40 rescues during the entirety of 2020. There have been 17 illegal immigrant deaths.
“We have different types of border barrier in the 264 miles of border between El Paso, New Mexico and Juarez. … Transnational criminal organizations continue to encourage people to climb that barrier. They use ladders to climb to the top and then they pull the ladder off leaving the person stuck at the top of that barrier to figure out how they are going to descend,” the chief stated.
Many of the illegal aliens tend to fall from the barrier, get injured and eventually get admitted to a hospital. Some of them have died as they could not find a way down the barriers, she added.
Border Crossings and Criminal ImmigrantsBorder Patrol agents along the southern border apprehended over 7,500 illegal aliens per day in May, much higher than the 4,700 daily apprehensions in January, data from Customs and Border Protection showed.
Agents from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California, apprehended a total of 232,628 illegal border crossers in May, which is the highest monthly total in 23 years.
An extra 34,547 individuals were identified as having illegally entered the country but were not apprehended. In addition, 79 illegal immigrants died while crossing the border in May.
Along the U.S. border with Mexico, about 90,000 illegal alien convicts were deported in fiscal 2019, which declined to 58,923 the next year and then to just 15,044 in 2021.