The Border Patrol counted 557 migrant deaths along the southern border over the past year, smashing the previous record and counting the number of dead bodies on the continued flow of illegal immigrants.
The situation could have been worse, had it not been for the heroic efforts of the customers, who set a record for rescues, numbering 12,854. This is more than double the number recorded in fiscal year 2020, which was the record holder.
Experts say it’s a matter of numbers.
Border Patrol agents arrested more people who attempted to cross in fiscal 2021 than in any previous fiscal year. And more people trying means more dangerous attempts and more people dying.
“The simple fact is that when you deal with as many people as we are currently dealing with, you will cause more deaths, and you will get more rescues,” Brandon GoodChairman of the National Border Patrol Council.
The 557 deaths easily surpassed the record year 2005 when agents counted 492 deaths. In fiscal year 2020, only 247 deaths were counted, and in 2019, during the previous wave of immigrants, 300 deaths were recorded.
Deaths stretch across the United States–Mexico Boundaries, and include everything from exposure to the elements to falls from the boundary wall, which has increased in frequency with the extension of the barrier and higher building over the past four years.
Catastrophic car accidents have also risen as smugglers increasingly attempt to break them in, prompting authorities into high-speed chases. Drowning rates have also risen in the Rio Grande, particularly in areas such as del Rio, which was among the quieter parts of the border but has become a focal point of the current wave of immigrants.
The Del Rio, Big Bend and El Paso sectors, which cover West Texas and New Mexico, set record numbers for deaths in fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30.
Deaths are tragedies for families, mr. good They said they hurt the agents, too.
The answers are more difficult.
“The only way it stops is for you to put in place policies that do not stimulate illegal immigration,” El-Sayed said. good She said.
The 2022 fiscal year, which began on October 1, is picking up where it left off the previous year.
Over the weekend, the Border Patrol announced the death of a woman who drowned while trying to swim around the border barrier that extends into the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.
Agents received information that as many as 70 people made a collective attempt to swim around the border barrier shortly before midnight Friday. They arrested 36 adults and pulled the unresponsive woman out of the water.
“This is another example of the ruthless tactics smuggling organizations are using to enhance their power and profits,” Aaron Hitek, chief patrol agent for the San Diego area, said in a statement.
He said the agency would work to try and apprehend those responsible for the group swimming.
The day before, an immigrant died after escaping a steep cliff in Eagle Pass, Texas, around 5 a.m. Thursday.
Agents said they spotted three people walking in a field and responded. When they lit their lamps, the emigrants fled, running toward the brush that hid the cliff. Migrants over the edge. Officers said one of them died at the scene while the other was seriously injured.
The smugglers responsible for migrant deaths can pay a heavy price.
Prosecutors last month won a 30-year prison sentence for Jorge Luis Monceves, who transported 13 illegal immigrants through Dimmet County, Texas, in 2018.
When Munsevis, 23, ran away from local agents and sheriffs, the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving crashed, expelling some immigrants. Four died at the scene, a fifth died on the way to hospital, and others suffered fractures of the neck and hips and head trauma.
US attorney Ashley C. Hoff called the case “heartbreaking” and said the harsh punishment should send a message to potential smugglers.
But there are still many people lining up for a chance to smuggle and earn big money. The Washington Times database of smuggling cases shows a typical travel rate of $1,000 for each illegal immigrant smuggled from the border into the United States.
Without solving the problem of increasing limits, there is probably not much the government can do to solve drowning deaths, and aside from changing policies to prevent vehicle chases, there is not much that can be done to reduce traffic deaths.
But the Department of Homeland Security has invested in rescue beacons and increased its own medical response teams in an effort to reduce the number of deaths from exposure or severe illness in those crossing the border.
In the Rio Grande Valley, the most dangerous border patrol strip along the United States-Mexico Borders, Homeland Security was working this fall to double the number of rescue beacons to 48. The El Paso Strip, where the number of deaths jumped from 10 in 2020 to 38 in 2021, is looking to add 15 beacons this year, bringing its total to 20.
Not all rescues are illegal immigrants.
Finding lost hikers in the deserts of the southwest or the remote forests of the northwest is a regular occurrence.
In one case in September, agents dived into the Pacific Ocean to rescue a Mexican man who was swimming in the Mexican side of Friendship Park, the bi-national beach that stretches across the border in San Diego and Tijuana. A rip current pulled the man out of the border barrier toward the American side, leaving him exhausted and struggling to stay above the surface.
The clients had called the rescuers but worried that the man wouldn’t live until they responded, so they swam across dangerous currents to fetch him. He received first aid and returned to Mexico.
the master. good He said that saving water is the most concerning for agents. Car chases can be dangerous, but agents can practice.
However, jumping into the swirling waters leaves the factors at the mercy of the elements.
“This is perhaps the most dangerous situation,” good She said.