Summer temperatures could increase number of migrant deaths, Border Patrol says

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As the summer months are approaching, agents with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are issuing warnings to migrants crossing the border illegally.

As the summer months are approaching, U.S. Border Patrol agents are issuing warnings to migrants crossing the border illegally.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector has recorded at least 57 migrant deaths, according to data released in May by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

And with triple digit temperatures looming, agents say that number could increase.

“They are not going to be carrying with them the water that they need or the meals that they need to sustain themselves to get here,” said Border Patrol agent Marcelino Media, referring to a brush area near the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station. “On average, most of these people are going to be traveling for multiple days to try to get to their destination.”

Last week, a a Guatemalan national detained near Falfurrias was transported to the hospital for heat-related injuries after being abandoned by his smuggler, according to Border Patrol agents.

Many migrants are also smuggled in tractor-trailors, which during hot days and nights, can reach dangerous temperatures.

Border Patrol agents say they have recorded temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

With more scorching days to come, Border Patrol agents ask people to take heed.

“Smugglers often do not express to their individuals that they are bringing over, this is what they are going to experience,” said Medina.

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