(TheRedWire.com) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has installed buoys in the Rio Grande to dissuade migrants from crossing into the country. However, migrants appear to have changed directions, as many are now choosing to cross into the U.S. through Arizona despite the record-high heat levels.
The Tucson sector of the U.S.-Mexico border is believed to be the most dangerous area along the border. However, despite the high temperatures that often reach over 100 degrees, there are, on average, over 1,300 migrants who choose that area to cross into the U.S.
An Arivaca, Arizona rancher, Jim Chilton, stated that the area provided a tough entry into the United States. Still, he stated that the situation has worsened as he regularly sees migrants crossing through his 50,000 acres of land.
The majority of those migrants crossing through Chilton’s property are single adult men who are trying to enter the U.S. without being caught by Border Patrol. However, in some areas, including near Nogales, families with young children cross into the U.S. and willingly turn themselves in as they try to win asylum. According to a recent NBC News report, Border Patrol agents in Nogales recently apprehended a group of migrant children and women that had crossed the U.S. border in the early morning hours to avoid the extreme heat.
Concerns about border crossings have increased as Border Patrol Agents have reported an increase in the number of families entering the U.S. Arizona Air Coordination Center Acting Director Agent Ronaldo Rios has even stated that they often see groups of more than 200 children and women crossing the border.
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