Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents found five people dead in the Sonoran Desert this week and rescued 36 migrants in distress. While the Fourth of July weekend signals a holiday for many U.S. citizens, the weekend will be deadly on the border. How many more will die?
As temperatures rise, people attempting to cross the Sonoran Desert face extremely hazardous conditions. Unreliable smugglers put their lives in danger when they lead them through the harsh desert terrain. These smugglers, called "coyotes," often abandon the migrants when they are physically unable to continue.
|The Chihuahua Desert (pictured), adjacent to the Sonoran Desert|
The numbers of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants are down across the U.S.-Mexico border, but the Tucson Sector Border Patrol unit still sees lots of activity. This is because increased border security has driven those desperate to enter the U.S. into the most geographically desolate--and also the most dangerous--areas to attempt the crossing.
Dehydration claims the lives of many, sometimes even taking the lives of people who the Border Patrol do locate and reach--but too late.
Border Patrol agents perform a humanitarian service in these rescue attempts. Our nation owes at least this to the workers who put their lives at risk in an attempt to join the U.S. labor force and take jobs that citizens deign to do. There is no legal way for these would-be construction workers, meat processing workers, farm workers, housekeepers, and landscape workers to enter the country.