U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) issued a heat warning to would-be illegal aliens on Wednesday.
The Texas Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) release cautions illegal aliens about the dangers of being smuggled into the U.S. during this summer’s “record heat” as temperatures hit triple digits:
“As the RGV continues to experience an increase in apprehensions for fiscal year 2018, the dangers associated with being smuggled into the United States is also elevated due to record heat. 100 degree temperatures are predicted by The National Weather Service for the upcoming weeks.
“These upticks, combined with the rising temperatures, create a potentially deadly situation as smugglers continue to utilize desperate tactics that endanger immigrants’ lives.”
As an example of the dangers of being smuggled into the U.S. during a heat wave, the CBP recounts a recent incident in which the CBP had to rush an apprehended illegal alien to the hospital due to “heat related injuries”:
"This past Saturday, the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station was contacted by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office regarding a 911 caller who was lost in the brush. Agents responded to the call and located a Guatemalan national who was abandoned by smugglers. The man was immediately transported to a local hospital to be treated for heat related injuries."
Illicit border activity has significantly increased this fiscal year, the Rio Grande Sector CBP reports:
“The RGV has experienced a 67% increase in the disruption of stash houses and a 33% increase in the number of tractor trailer smuggling cases when comparing fiscal year to date (FYTD) 2017 to FYTD 2018.”