Border Patrol officers rescued 25 migrants from a locked, freezing trailer in Texas

CBP officers in a large Bend Border Patrol Division in Sierra Blanca found the migrants Wednesday morning, some of them shivering and crying, CBP said in a news release.

“There have been major rescue operations recently by our agents where individuals have been left in dangerous conditions and required immediate medical attention,” Big Bend Sector Patrol chief Sean McGuffin said in a statement. “Transnational criminal organizations do not care about humanity, they constantly put lives at risk.”

The nationalities of the migrants and additional details of the suspect who smuggled them have not been released due to the ongoing investigations.

The botched smuggling event comes after border guards in October rescued 75 migrants from Central America and Mexico trapped in a refrigerated trailer tractor where the temperature was set to 58 degrees, according to CBP.
In July 2017, 10 illegal immigrants died when dozens of them were found crammed into a trailer-mounted tractor in San Antonio.

“Cartels are abandoning immigrants and leaving them in dangerous situations at an alarming rate. In fiscal year 2021, the U.S. Border Patrol rescued 12,877 immigrants in the Southwest Borderlands, compared to just under 5,000 or more than 5,000 in previous years,” a West Texas CBP spokesperson Landon Hutchins told CNN.

“Smuggling people across borders is a billion dollar criminal act annually for transnational criminal organizations. They don’t care about the lives and well-being of the migrants they smuggle, only the money they can make from exploiting them.”

Border issues

Tens of thousands of immigrants arrive at the US border each week, including record numbers of unaccompanied minors. The upsurge in numbers has once again overshadowed the unprepared US immigration system, which has faced this type of crisis repeatedly in past years but has yet to solve long-established problems such as overburdened asylum courts and ill-equipped child housing facilities.

Officials are also confronting people smugglers, who play a huge role in facilitating the illegal crossing of migrants at the border.

President Joe Biden and his top advisers have worked to devise solutions to the situation, including increasing capacity to house unaccompanied children and working with Mexico to help manage the influx of migrants from Central America.
US authorities made nearly 1.66 million arrests for illegal crossing at the US-Mexico border over the past year, the highest annual number of arrests on record, according to year-end data from Customs and Border Protection.
Since taking office, the Biden administration has struggled to manage the unprecedented number of immigrants crossing into the United States, faced early on with an influx of children that has overwhelmed resources, and more recently, surprised by the thousands of immigrants who arrive within days of the unprepared. Del Rio District, Texas.
The number of monthly border arrests – a measure of illegal crossings – has risen dramatically under the Biden administration, although it has begun to rise under former President Donald Trump.


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