Summer Heat Poses Increased Risk for Migrant Deaths

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Jacumba CA - NOVEMBER 27: United States international wall with Mexico and Border Patrol vehicle in the distance on November 27 2017 in Jacumba CA USA.

DEL RIO, Texas – As the temperatures rise along the Southwest Texas border, dangerous environmental conditions pose a life-threatening risk for migrants attempting to cross the border illegally.

Since the beginning of this fiscal year, Oct. 1, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector recovered 24 deceased migrants from heat exposure. Agents also rescued 770 migrants in distress from heat related injuries.

Del Rio Sector has rescue beacons in operation designed to save lives. Each beacon is equipped with a signal box activated by pressing a large red button. Directions are displayed in English and Spanish languages and include a pictorial guide for those who may not read or write.

Rescue calls are also coordinated through county 911 dispatchers.

To avoid death or injury from severe dehydration, a person walking across the landscape in the heat of summer must consume no less than two gallons of water per day.  The average person cannot carry sufficient water to avoid life-threatening dehydration over the course of several days in the brush.

To report suspicious activity, call the Del Rio Sector’s toll-free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.