Border Patrol records record 557 US-Mexico border migrant deaths in fiscal year 2021
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The majority of migrant deaths at borders are linked to heat exposure, according to the agency. Migrants often face dangerous terrain and can get lost as they try to get to the United States.
Border Patrol reports data on deaths when officers find the body or are involved in an emergency response. The agency is tracking deaths at the border to better understand the dangers of crossing the United States illegally.
The figures, however, are not representative of all migrant deaths at the border, as other state and local agencies may recover the bodies without the involvement of the border patrol, meaning the death toll is likely to be higher. raised.
President Joe Biden, when asked at a recent CNN town hall why he hadn’t come to the southern border, said, “Well, I guess I should get off.”
The U.S. Border Patrol made nearly 1.66 million arrests for illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2021, the highest annual number of arrests on record, according to late data. years published by the agency last week.
“All in all what ends up happening are people who get lost, people who don’t understand the harshness of the environment and how dangerous it is and how quickly someone can get dehydrated, how quickly someone can get lost, ”said a former customs and border guard. official.
As the volume of migrant crossings increases, so does the number of criminals “abandoning and abusing” people, the official said.
Rescues along the border also skyrocketed in fiscal 2021, more than double the previous year, a sign that the border patrol spends more resources and manages a precarious situation.
There were 12,854 border patrol rescues in the past fiscal year, far surpassing the previous four years, dating back as far as the agency has tracked this data. The previous record was in 2019, with 5,335 rescues.
In June, as rescues were already increasing, customs and border protection said smugglers’ organizations were abandoning migrants in remote and dangerous areas, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of rescues.
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