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Woman dies trying to swim across US-Mexico border with group of migrants, officials say
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The woman, who is believed to be part of that group, was found unconscious and could not be resuscitated, the agency said. The San Diego medical examiner took custody of her body after responding to the area.
“This is yet another example of the ruthless tactics smuggling organizations use to boost their power and profits.” San Diego Area Chief Patrol Officer Aaron Heitke said in the written statement. “We will work tirelessly to prosecute and bring to justice those responsible for this tragedy.”
The agency said it apprehended 36 Mexican citizens who swam across the border, including 13 who were rescued from the water by the US Coast Guard. All 36 were taken to a border patrol station for treatment.
But the numbers don’t represent all migrant deaths at the borders, as state and local agencies can recover the bodies without involving the border patrol, meaning the death toll is likely higher.
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.
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