Officers from the Big Bend Border Patrol sector in the Sierra Blanca found the migrants Wednesday morning with some of them shivering from the cold and crying, the CBP said in a news release
“There have been significant rescues recently of our agents, in which individuals were left in dangerous conditions and required immediate medical attention,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin said in a statement. “Transnational criminal organizations have no concern for humanity, they are constantly endangering lives.”
The nationalities of the migrants and further information about the suspect who smuggled them were not released due to the ongoing investigation.
The failed smuggling event comes after border patrol agents rescued 75 migrants from Central America and Mexico in October locked in a refrigerated tractor trailer where the temperature was set at 58 degrees, according to CBP.
In July 2017, 10 undocumented immigrants died when dozens of them were found packed in an overheated tractor trailer in San Antonio.
“Cartels leave migrants and leave them in dangerous situations at an alarming rate. In fiscal year 2021, the U.S. Border Patrol rescued 12,877 migrants in the southwestern border regions compared to just under or over 5,000 in previous years,” West Texas CBP spokesman Landon Hutchens told CNN .
“Transnational human trafficking is a multibillion-dollar-a-year criminal enterprise for transnational criminal organizations. They do not care about the lives and well-being of the migrants they smuggle, only about the money they can make from exploiting them.”
Problems at the border
Tens of thousands of migrants arrive at the U.S. border each week, with a record number of unaccompanied minors among them. The rise in numbers has once again overwhelmed an unprepared US immigration system, which has faced this type of crisis repeatedly in recent years, but which has not yet solved rooted problems such as congested asylum courts and facilities poorly equipped to house children. .
Officials are also up against human traffickers, who play a massive role in facilitating the illegal passage of migrants at the border.
President Joe Biden and his top advisers have been working to devise solutions to the situation, including scaling up the capacity to house unaccompanied children and working with Mexico to help control the flow of migrants from Central America.
U.S. authorities have made nearly 1.66 million arrests for illegal crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border over the past year, the highest annual number of arrests recorded, according to year-end data released by CBP.
Since accession, the Biden administration has struggled to control the unprecedented number of migrants crossing into the United States, early confronted with an influx of children who overwhelmed resources, and most recently by the surprise of thousands of migrants arriving within days unprepared. Del Rio region, Texas.
The number of monthly border arrests – a target for illegal crossings – skyrocketed during the Biden administration, although they began to rise under former President Donald Trump.
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