UPDATED 7:37 AM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021
Customs and Border Protection said they’ve accounted for nearly 190,000 migrants attempting to illegally cross the southwest border in June. CBP officials said they’ve seen a high number of distress from migrants abandoned by smugglers with no regard for human life amid intense heat.
According to officials, the migrants are not warned of the tough conditions they will be forced to battle along their journey.
“It is a very desolate land, a very arduous land, a land that is very hard to cross. It presents a lot of risks,” said CBP spokesperson Carlos Rivera. “The temperature, it’s hard to cross this land. They can suffer dehydration. They don’t tell them how many days they could be in the desert either.”
CBP agents are ordered to do everything they can to rescue lost or distressed migrants, utilizing all terrain vehicles, motorcycles and helicopters. However, officials said the bottom line is the terrain along the border is extreme and the summer heat is severe. They also mentioned the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border is unforgiving.