At least seven migrants including of a woman, two babies and a toddle were reportedly died due to extreme summer heat as Central American families surge across the US-Mexico border. They are thought to have died from heat exposure and dehydration in an area about 18 miles (29 km) east of McAllen.
The woman and three children may have been dead for days before they were found by US Border Patrol near the Rio Grande in South Texas on Sunday, according to a local law enforcement official, who asked not to be named.
To the west, US Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio area recovered the bodies of two men on ranchland near Carrizo Springs after anonymous calls on June 19 and June 20 alerted them to lost migrants, the agency said in a statement. Another decomposed body was found June 20 on the riverbank of the Rio Grande near Normandy.
“The extreme temperatures during this time of year can be fatal,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz. Arrests of undocumented migrants reached their highest monthly level since 2006 in May, with more than 60 % of those apprehended either children or families, many seeking asylum.
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17 July, 2019