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Bodies of nine migrants discovered in south Texas

February 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bodies of nine migrants discovered in south Texas

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Authorities in Brooks County, Texas, revealed that nine migrants were killed in January while trying to circumnavigate the Falfurrias Border Checkpoint. The number of deaths signifies an increase of almost 30% over January 2017.

“The cold snaps in January were devastating,” Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez said in an interview with Breitbart Texas. “Despite our efforts to prevent the loss of lives, we ended up finding the bodies of nine people. Last year — we lost seven.”

Brooks County Sheriff’s deputies collaborated with U.S. Border Patrol officials to aggressively work the popular drop off areas located about 80 miles north of the southern border. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety also helping in efforts to reduce the number of deaths.

“We knew that the freezing conditions would take the lives of people,” Martinez stated. “Our goal was to stop or slow down the number of people being dropped off by these smugglers that have no regard for the safety of their ‘cargo.’”

In 2017, Martinez’s deputies and Border Patrol agents faced the responsibility of removing the bodies of 52 migrants. The year before, 61 people were killed.

Human smugglers, mostly working with Mexican drug cartels, move their “human cargo” from stash houses in the Rio Grande Valley to the southern portion of Brooks County. The U.S. Border Patrol manages a checkpoint that is centrally located in the area.

The transients are often ill-prepared for the weather conditions, soft sand, rattlesnakes, and other impediments — which cause some of them to fall behind. When these people are left behind, the smugglers typically leave them for dead

Summer months are usually the most lethal for migrants in Brooks County. However, in the past 45 days, at least 13 were discovered dead because of the freezing conditions.

“The more people that are pushed into the ranchlands with these smugglers, the more deaths we are likely to have,” Sheriff Martinez said to Breitbart Texas back in December. “These smugglers don’t care about the lives of these people. If they fall behind — these smugglers abandon them and leave them for dead.”

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