Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Sector spotted 42 migrants walking through Brooks County, Texas, as a group. The mostly single adult males were walking through the dense brush to circumvent the US Highway 281 Border Patrol Checkpoint near Falfurrias. The area is known by many as the “Desert of the Dead” due to the number of migrants who perish to the elements making this trek each year.
On Tuesday, a Border Patrol helicopter aided agents in tracking and trailing the group to the point of apprehension. Often, human smugglers will leave injured migrants who slow a group’s progress. They often face a gruesome fate and succumb to the elements. The area leads the nation in the recovery of migrant corpses.