TUCSON, ARIZ .– – The number of immigrants trying to illegally cross the US-Mexico border continues to rise, and so does the temperature along the southwest border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Arizona are preparing for the turbulent summer ahead, working in three-digit temperatures.
CBP̵7;s Tucson Sector opened its doors to the media on Thursday to help warn immigrants from crossing in the desert heat.
“The message is simple, don’t do it. The desert is vast and betrayed. When you cross illegally, you are making your life incredibly dangerous. I will tell you this isn’t just as a border patrol officer. But as someone who It has spent my 23-year career in Arizona, I speak from experience, ”said Sabri Dikman, Acting Deputy Chief of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol patrol patrol.
In addition to CBP members, there are representatives from the Mexican and Guatemala governments, as well as Juanita Molina, director of the border operations network.
“Many people die from dehydration from exposure. But another element is that we find a lot of skeletal remains, so people pass by and we don’t know why, ”Molina said.
The Tucson business sector sees its fair share of drug trafficking, human trafficking and illegal crossing. But it’s not as busy as Texas. However, they had the highest number of deaths.
“In fact, there have been more reports of immigrant deaths in Arizona than anywhere else along the Southwest border,” Dikman said. “I’m talking about thousands of people since 1998, when I started my career.”
“The Tucson region performs a number of rescue operations every day during the summer,” he added. “We have more than 250 EMTs and medically trained representatives assigned across our sector as well as the team. Rescue and Rescue Teams In Border Patrol Search, we have 34 rescue beacons and 30 rescue banners installed in remote areas known to migrants and us. More installations every day “
Officials said they did not expect the heat to prevent anyone from coming. It was the busiest event since 2013 across the southwest border, the number of immigrants encountered in April rose slightly to 178,622 compared to 173,383 in March, the highest in 20 years. The caretaker has decreased slightly.
“What I’ve heard thousands of times over the years is ‘I would die for trying as much as we tried to make this message.We know people will keep going and what I hope from this community and from. In these cases, we continue to use resources to save those coming to our shores, saving those who cross into our desert, ”Molina said. battle But I am absolutely not ready to see what is going on here, in the desert and the wilderness, the moment you meet someone and you know they are insecure and You need to get help right away. “
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To help combat this issue, they are bringing in additional flight crews, along with more portable rescue beacons, so refugees in danger can seek help. For now, the authorities ask the immigrants not to come. But if so, call 911 or try to flag their helicopters to get the attention of border officials asap.
“There are about 18,000 square miles of desert and the mountains that we cover. If someone is lost or needs help, it’s the proverbial spike in the haystack, please stay away from the desert. Life is at stake,” said Michael Montgomery, CBP Air Operations Director of Operations. Tucson Air and Marine Branch. “When calling 911 for help, stay in place, don’t risk leaving your 911 location. If there is a helicopter nearby, wave your shirt or other object to move, you’ll be amazed how much you call 911. How well people blend into the vast desert. ”