Title: Increasing Number of Migrants from Africa and Asia Attempt to Cross US-Mexico Border, Facing Extreme Conditions
In recent months, Border Patrol agents in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument have reported a surge in the number of migrants from Africa and Asia attempting to cross into the United States. This increase has made the Tucson Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border, which oversees the area, the busiest it has been since 2008.
Among those being apprehended by authorities are migrants from countries such as Pakistan, China, Mauritania, Ecuador, Bangladesh, and Egypt. These individuals are being directed to this remote corridor by smugglers who falsely advertise that crossing in this area is easier.
In addition to the influx of migrants from Africa and Asia, more traditional migrants from Mexico and Central America are also crossing the border through this area. This has prompted Border Patrol to collaborate with other agencies to process the growing number of migrants efficiently.
The treacherous journey faced by these migrants is worsened by extreme heat and dangerous conditions. With temperatures soaring as high as 118 degrees Fahrenheit (47.7 degrees Celsius), individuals face the risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration. Despite these dangers, migrants are persisting in their attempts to cross the border in search of better opportunities.
Compounding the situation, the storm gates in the border wall have been left open since June due to monsoon rains, allowing migrants to enter even when the gates are supposed to be closed. As a result, the Ajo Station, which is responsible for the area, has become the busiest station in the Tucson Sector.
Statistics reveal that the number of rescues, both by air and land, along the border has significantly increased. In the ten-month period from August to July, 28,537 rescues were recorded, emphasizing the dire conditions migrants are facing.
These challenges have not gone unnoticed by humanitarian groups. Activists have raised concerns over the treatment of migrants, who are being kept in outdoor enclosures without adequate shade protection. In response, these organizations are providing water, snacks, and assistance to those in need.
Tragically, the issue of border crossings has also resulted in a rising number of fatalities. In July alone, the remains of 43 suspected border crossers were discovered in southern Arizona. Most of these deaths have been attributed to heat exposure, shedding light on the dangerous conditions migrants face on their journey.
As the number of migrants from Africa and Asia attempting to cross into the United States continues to rise, border control agencies are faced with the challenge of effectively managing the situation. Meanwhile, humanitarian groups are striving to provide necessary support and assistance amidst the extreme risks migrants are enduring.
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