An expected surge in the number of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border this summer has law enforcement officials warning of a spike in the number of deaths among those making the dangerous journey.
“It’s going to be a brutal summer,” Brooks County, Texas sheriff’s deputy Don White told The Washington Post Thursday, adding that county law enforcement has recovered 34 bodies and other remains since the beginning of this year.
“I’ve never seen so many people coming through,” White added. “It’s just crazy right now.”
In Arizona, Border Patrol agents found two dead migrants in separate locations near Yuma, the agency announced Thursday. An agent tracking a group through the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range on Monday found the body of a 40-year-old Mexican man who apparently died two weeks earlier. On Tuesday, agents responding to a call for help from a group found a deceased 20-year-old Guatemalan woman.
White added the surge at the