A border patrol rescue group is busy as temperatures soar

With temperatures soaring past 100 degrees, it doesn’t take long to get dehydrated in the desert. Few places feel the heat more than the Southern Arizona border.

As immigrants attempt to trek across the border from Mexico, many fall victim to the scorching temperatures, something border patrol agent Brent Cagen knows all too well.

“It’s physically impossible for them to carry the amount of water needed to make this kind of journey,” says Cagen.

That’s where BORSTAR, Border Patrol’s rescue group, comes in.

Agents find these battered border-crossers through local law enforcement or one of 22 rescue beacons along the Tucson border. BORSTAR has about 15 trained paramedics who can respond to the call for help.

Over the last month BORSTAR has rescued more than 200 undocumented immigrants. More than 50 undocumented immigrants were rescued in just one week alone.

Some have broken bones, suffer from dehydration or have terrible blisters on their feet because “their shoes are not made for the kind of journey they’re going to be taking,” says Cagen.

Cagen says many of the immigrants end up being blindsided by lies from smugglers who don’t care about their well-being. “They’re telling them it’s going to be a short walk and that it’s going to only take a couple hours to get to Phoenix,” says Cagen.  And if a person can’t keep up, they’re simply left behind to fend for themselves.

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