According to Border Report, authorities found 2 migrant bodies in less than 24 hours, in another deep sign of the border crisis.
On Wednesday night, Border Patrol agents found the body of a 35-year-old Mexican woman in Sunland Park, New Mexico; and on Thursday they found a deceased migrant in a remote area of the desert near an elementary school.
On June 11, a 24-year-old Mexican man died after falling from the border fence, while another man in his 20s died in the area when the temperature reached 106 °F.
Sunland Park firefighters told Border Report that they have been involved in several rescue and body recovery efforts involving illegal border crossers.
As the heat intensifies so does the danger faced by migrants on their journey to the United States. Some people are crammed into trucks or homes in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Fire crews have also responded to numerous calls of migrants falling while attempting to scale the border fence.
In April, Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) reported that at least 17 migrants, including one child, died during the first quarter of the year from various causes following their journey to the United States.
Dr. Corinne Stern, medical examiner of Webb County on the southern border, told CNN that the number of migrants who died during the crossing has tripled in 2021 compared to last year.
After Joe Biden assured in his campaign that he would be “more humane” with migrants, thousands of citizens from Central and South America decided to travel by land to reach the United States. A situation that turned into a crisis after the number of detentions at the border reached historic numbers.
According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), April saw the highest numbers in the last 20 years with more than 178,000 people entering the country irregularly.
Migrants on the brink of death amid the border crisis
This Thursday, June 16, it was learned that CBP located 33 migrants in subhuman conditions crammed inside an abandoned moving van in Van Horn, Texas.
“If our agents had not been able to free these trapped migrants, we could have seen 33 deaths in this event,” said an agent.