Posted on July 5, 2012

DHS: Heat Kills Illegal Immigrants

Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, July 2, 2012

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents discovered multiple victims of high heat in recent weeks, as would-be illegal immigrants died in the desert attempting to make the crossing into the United States.

“In separate incidents Saturday, agents discovered three deceased subjects, all of whom are believed to be illegal immigrants,” the Department of Homeland Security announced last Monday. {snip}

Such tragedies are not uncommon. “As temperatures increase, the risks associated with crossing the Sonoran Desert cannot be understated,” DHS said. “Last month, Border Patrol agents located 19 deceased individuals, a result of blistering temperatures setting in earlier this year and ruthless smugglers who lie to desperate immigrants by telling them they will walk a short distance.”