June 2012 was the deadliest June on record in Brooks County, with 18 recovered. In June of this year, the sheriff’s office recorded 16 bodies.
Brooks County, Texas — More and more immigrants have died after moving to the United States. They are heading north through the brush to avoid getting caught.
However, local law enforcement agencies told KENS 5 that many have died because many are left without food or water. They are to be found by the rancher or a passerby.
Adrian Cortez saw his brother die with a Texas brush. A 40-year-old man from Mexico was trying to cross Brooks County from the Texas-Mexico border when he recently called 911 and explained what he was experiencing.
“I’m traveling with my brother, we’re in the desert, and my brother just died,” he told the 911 Dispatcher.
He told the coordinator that he was lost. He was also part of a larger group of eight lost immigrants. He had neither food nor water. On his 911 phone, he said everyone broke up and he was with his brother.
The Brooks County Sheriff’s Office shared some 911 calls with the recently received KENS5.
“What’s happening to a person’s mind when they’re hurt,” said Brooks County Deputy Raul Narvaez. “They just blisters or fell over the fence and got hurt and saw the group left behind. And you know, that’s what I think. I’m thinking. You can imagine that it must be scary to them, a fair amount of them. They die. “
Brooks County is vast, flat and green in the summer, covered with trees and grass, and the types of plants that can hurt or hurt you if you don’t see them.
Approximately 80 miles north of the Texas-Mexico border, there is a CBP checkpoint on the highway that runs north through Brooks County. So, if you don’t want to be discovered, the way forward goes through those unattractive fields, many of which are private ranch lands.
“It’s very wide open here. When you enter here, it looks the same everywhere you look.” They are brushed by coyotes. The problem is, if you can’t keep up, you’re left behind. That is, they are not going to wait for you. “
Another 911 caller told the Brooks County dispatch, “They left me behind, and I don’t know where to go.”
Operator: “No food or water?”
“We are always killing people,” Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez told KENS5.
Martinez himself and his agent are often called to pick up the bodies.
“For me, it’s not really political, it’s all true,” he said. “Whenever I pick up 7 bodies in 3 days, I have a big problem.”
Sheriff Martinez provided KENS5 with the number of immigrant groups restored by the Sheriff’s Office from 2009 to June 2021.
June 2012 was the deadliest June on record in Brooks County, with 18 recovered. Based on the numbers provided to KENS 5 on June 1st of this year, the Sheriff’s Office recorded 16 bodies.
“Don’t talk about it anymore,” said Sheriff Martinez. “Don’t point your finger anymore. Do something.”
“Does it sound a little frustrating? Absolutely,” he added. “I’m constantly experiencing this every day, so people don’t seem to understand what’s happening and what’s happening.”
The US Border Guard can help locate lost immigrants and retrieve their bodies.
Nationally, during the 2020 fiscal year from October to September, border guards recorded the deaths of 250 migrants. From October to May 2021, there are two months left in the fiscal year, and the agency has already recorded 203 deaths.
A spokesperson who told KENS 5 could have a higher overall number as border guard statistics do not reflect where agencies or agents found by other law enforcement agencies did not participate in the recovery. there is.
“It’s frustrating because they don’t do anything. I say” they “-the people of Congress, DC-they are them and members of parliament. All we do is force what they give us, “Sheriff Martinez said.
“Among all the people we talked to,” Sheriff Martinez said, referring to the surviving immigrants. “It has to do with work. So what’s a better way than going back and revisiting this and allowing them to come to work?”
Laredo Democrat Henry Cuellar is working on various aspects of immigration reform. Some of them were with Republican colleagues, including Texas Senator John Cornyn.
“With a guest worker’s plan, that was enough, effective and acceptable. People came in and back, and the border guard focused on the bad people coming in with different motives, where we were there. It will save lives, “Cuela told KENS5.
Congressman Cuellar also said he co-sponsored the 2021 Farm Workforce Modernization Act to work on guest worker plans.
The bill passed the House of Representatives in March 2021 and was submitted to the Senate, read twice and sent to the Judiciary Committee, according to the Parliamentary website that tracks the movement of the bill.
“I believe 50 Democrats support it,” Cuellar said. “We needed to get 10 or 10 Republicans to support it in order to reach the 60 limit, and that’s what the Senate is working on. This bill was 2 last year. It was passed twice. Unfortunately, we are just waiting for the Senate to get the job done. “
KENS 5 asked Senator Konin’s staff to interview Sheriff Martinez’s proposal and this story about supporting the workers’ program. Senator Conin’s spokesperson told us that Senator was unable to make the interview work on his schedule this week.
Sheriff Martinez has been around for a long time. He attended a recent cross-border roundtable with Governor Greg Abbott and former President Donald Trump.
He has participated in many discussions before that. He says he believes the solution is within reach.
“I still believe it will be achieved someday,” he said. “Maybe it’s not my time, but it will eventually be completed.”
The number of migrants dying after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is increasing, the report said.
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