Migrants die in Texas while trying to evade detection by Border Patrol

Igor Magalhaes:
They're used to finding bodies in Brooks County, Texas. It’s nothing new: They have discovered the remains of over 650 dead migrants in this part of the Lone Star State since 2009.

Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez estimates that for every body recovered, there are five others that are never found. That means he suspects that in the last 10 years alone, nearly 4,000 migrants lost their lives in just his county. It is important to note, however, that Brooks County is located 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Once they have entered the country unlawfully, many migrants passing through Brooks County attempt to circumvent the Border Patrol checkpoint by taking a days-long hike through harsh terrain with little water, food, shelter, or adequate gear to reach their final destinations. Many never make it. In the hot summer months, some die from dehydration, heatstroke, or exhaustion. During cold south Texas winters, they also die from hypothermia.

The remains of these migrants — sometimes with missing body parts that were eaten by animals or already decomposed to the bone — demonstrate in painful terms our failure to secure the border. And though these tragedies in Brooks County have been extensively reported by major publications throughout the country for a decade, the border is still not secure.

The majority of unlawful migrants passing through the county are guided by smugglers, known as coyotes, who have knowledge of the area. Migrants pay exorbitant prices in hopes of making it to the United States so they can be reunited with family or get a job. However, these criminal coyotes aren’t exactly concerned with the welfare of their clientele along the way.

Once smugglers bring people across the border, they keep them in safe houses before continuing their trek into the interior. These accommodations are cramped and lack food, water, and personal hygiene products. From there, along the way, many of the migrants are robbed or sexually assaulted. Reports indicate that some women travel with multiple layers of spandex pants to make it harder for their attackers to strip them down, and others begin to take birth control to prevent pregnancies from rape.

If the coyotes fear that law enforcement is closing in on them, they flee, leaving the migrants to fend for themselves in a strange land. If a migrant becomes too injured or sick to continue the journey, they are left behind. Death does not discriminate in Brooks County: Men and women of all ages and nationalities have taken their last breath in the south Texas brush.
Democrats' refusal to secure the border is having tragic results for many migrants.  The Democrats cynical attempt to rebuild their shrinking base with immigrants and also steal house seats by counting illegals in the census is responsible for this.


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