The bodies of 10 illegal immigrants were recovered by U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement officials near South Texas during a one-week period this month. It’s being reported the travelers died from cold weathering conditions.
“Illegal immigrants are victimized and lied to by smugglers who lead them through treacherous terrain and expose them to extreme conditions,” Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. said in a written statement. “Those unable to keep up are left behind; some are rescued by Border Patrol agents but, tragically, we don’t find others until it is too late.”
Agents assigned to the Falfurrias Station worked with deputies from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office between December 7 and 14. In that time period, they recovered eight of the ten bodies located. Agents were later called to the scene to recover two corpses found by local ranchers. Another immigrant was found dead late over night.
The next day, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents airlifted a female illegal immigrant found unconscious a ranch near Hidalgo, Texas. Unfortunately, the woman died on the trip to the hospital.
In Brooks County, agents found two additional dead illegal immigrants near the Falfurrias Checkpoint. Human smugglers frequently put their cargo out into the brush in order to avoid the checkpoint. A few days later, ranchers near Falfurrias found two more illegal immigrants abandoned by their smugglers. During the recovery of the bodies, an AMO aircrew spotted an additional third deceased migrant. Brooks County deputies pronounced the three individuals dead at the scene.
On Thursday, December 14, Falfurrias agents working on patrol in one of the local ranches discovered the body of yet another deceased migrant.
“Normally, we see our high fatality rates in the summer months,” Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez told Breitbart Texas. “This unusually cold month has proven to be as deadly as the summer heat. We had nine deaths in seven days.”
“There is no compassion from these ruthless human smugglers,” Martinez said. “Hot or cold, they do not care. Fall behind and they will leave you to die.”
Martinez said that 52 deceased migrants have been found in his county during 2017. Weather forecasters predict additional nights of dangerous weather conditions for the Christmas holiday week.
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