A woman died, and 36 individuals were apprehended when many migrants attempted to enter the U.S. by swimming around the border barrier and into Imperial Beach.
36 Mexican nationals, 25 men, and 11 women were transferred to a Border Patrol station for processing. Members of the United States Coast Guard rescued 13 of them from the dangerous currents.
At around 11:38 p.m. on October 29, U.S. Border Patrol authorities received a report of a group of up to 70 people attempting to illegally cross the international border from Tijuana into the United States at Border Field State Park, reported breaking911.
According to Jackie Wasiluk of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), when agents arrived in the area, they discovered an unresponsive woman thought to be from the group of swimmers. Border Patrol agents began CPR on the woman while notifying emergency medical personnel, including firefighters and lifeguards from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
EMS arrived at the scene and continued medical assistance, but the unresponsive woman was pronounced dead by EMS about 12:30 a.m.
“This is yet another example of the ruthless tactics smuggling organizations use to bolster their power and profits.” San Diego Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in the written statement.”We will work tirelessly to pursue and bring to justice those responsible for this tragedy.”
The U.S. Border Patrol, along with Air and Marine Operations, the U.S. Coast Guard, the San Diego Fire Department, and California State Parks, continued to search the region for any missing people who may have been in difficulty.
According to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Border Patrol, more migrants died on the U.S. southern border in the fiscal year 2021, which ended September 30, than in any previous year on record, reported Fox Carolina.
During that fiscal year, 557 people died along the Southwest border. This is up from 254 deaths in the fiscal year 2020 and 300 deaths in 2019—a considerable increase in what has been a 30-year high for border crossings. The agency’s death data goes back to 1998.
According to the IOM, heat exposure is responsible for the bulk of migrant border deaths. As they try to make their way to the United States, migrants frequently encounter treacherous terrain and become disoriented.
The United States apprehended more than 1.7 million migrants along the US-Mexico border between October 2020 and September 2021, the most significant amount since 1986, reported Daily Mail.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, there were more than 213,000 occurrences in July alone. In September, there were 192,000 incidents, which was a modest reduction from the previous month.
Around 55,000 of Mexico’s 77,000 asylum applicants are awaiting processing in the city, and many have complained about the filthy circumstances.
In August, the Biden administration stated that it planned to hire 1,000 more asylum officers and 1,000 more support personnel. The recruiting frenzy would more than triple the number of asylum officers already on the job and paid for by either Congress or increased immigration application fees.
A divided Supreme Court ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump-era program known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico .”