Border Patrol rescues a small boy left in the vast and stifling desert of Arizona. Not a story you’ll hear mainstream media cover because it doesn’t incite fear or rage. But this little guy was left by his smugglers, reportedly an uncle, to fend for himself in some of the harshest conditions the U.S. has to offer. Thankfully, he was lucky enough to be found by border patrol agents.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Agents discovered the child west of Lukeville, Arizona and just north of the border, in temperatures over 100 degrees. The child told agents he was dropped off by his uncle and that Border Patrol would pick him up. He added that he was on his way to see his mother in the U.S.
So the plan was to stay there until patrol came around? What would have happened if they weren’t scheduled to drive by for another week or even a day?
The incident, Border Patrol says, highlights the dangers child migrants face after being sent, usually alone, on a dangerous and illegal journey across the U.S.-Mexico border — echoing the words of the president who said Saturday on Twitter that the lack of border enforcement during the Obama Administration encouraged an increase in risky behavior, The Daily Wire reported.
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) June 30, 2018
Migrant deaths along the Mexico–U.S. border occur hundreds of times a year because of those attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico illegally. The US Border Patrol reported 294 migrant deaths in the fiscal year 2017 (ending September 30, 2017), which was lower than in 2016 (322), and any year during the period 2003-2014. The highest number of deaths reported over the period 1998-2016 were the 492 deaths reported by the Border Patrol in 2005. Exposure (including heat stroke, dehydration, and hyperthermia) was the leading cause.
The group Border Angels estimates that since 1994, about 10,000 people have died in their attempt to cross the increasingly militarized border. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 7,216 people have died crossing the U.S–Mexico border between 1998 and 2017. In 2005, more than 500 died across the entire U.S.–Mexico border. The number of yearly border crossing deaths doubled from 1995 to 2005, before declining. The statistics reflect only known deaths and do not include those who have never been found.
Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Affairs has compiled data including deaths on the Mexican side of the border area during the period from 1994 to 2000. The data shows 87 deaths in 1996, 149 in 1997, 329 in 1998, 358 in 1999, and 499 in 2000.
U.S. Border Patrol reported that 3,221 migrants were rescued in the fiscal year 2017.