Illegal immigration surges in Arizona despite heat wave
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Illegal border crossings in one of the hottest, most isolated and dangerous areas of Arizona have increased 134% in recent days.
A CBS News report that cited unpublished agency numbers stated: Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector, which covers most of Arizona’s border with Mexico and parts of the Sonoran Desert, have seen on average 1,900 migrants arrive everyday, compared to 812 in June.
According to the Straight Arrow News media landscape tool, CBS News leans left, while Fox leans right. Here’s how those outlets are covering this.
CBS reported: “Migrants, including families with young children, have been traversing the Arizona desert in large groups — generally an indication of the involvement of smugglers — amid extreme and dangerous temperatures that surpass 110 degrees each day in most areas of the region.”
The report also said: large groups of migrant families from all corners of the globe — from China, Senegal and Mauritania, to Colombia and Venezuela — continue crossing into the U.S. there, mostly in the middle of the night, when temperatures dip below 90 degrees.
Fox cited Tucson Sector Chief John Modlin who said agents apprehended 10,000 people the border the last week of July — a 1,000-person increase from the week before.
Fox also reported on drug apprehensions, something Republican lawmakers focus on when debating immigration policy.
“Authorities at the Nogales Station said they also recovered $83,000 worth of fentanyl pills, six pounds of meth and three firearms. More than 400 illegal migrants were also reportedly rescued by Border Patrol agents due to the brutal Arizona heat.”
Both outlets shared warnings from Border Patrol agents and local immigrant support groups about how dangerous it is to cross the desert in the summer months.
According to Customs and Border Protection, agents have performed more than 25,000 search and rescues along the southwest border since October 2022. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.