Mexican Migrants Face Freezing to Death Amid US-Canada Border Influx

Mexican Migrants Face Freezing to Death Amid US-Canada Border Influx

The northern US border authorities are sounding an alarm after a sharp increase in migrant crossings into the remote parts of upstate New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. The surge in migration has compelled the authorities to demand more support to handle the influx.

According to a statement by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, 25 additional patrol agents have been deployed to the snowy border region to “help deter and disrupt human smuggling activities in the sector.” This development comes amidst rising concerns about the safety of migrants who are resorting to flying from Mexico to Canada and trekking down south to evade the hazardous and overcrowded conditions at the Mexico-US border.

While the journey from Mexico to the US is fraught with challenges and risks, the voyage south from Quebec to the northeastern US is equally perilous, with the extreme cold weather conditions posing a grave threat to human lives. A sheriff in Clinton County, New York, expressed concerns about the mounting number of migrants crossing the border and noted that the icy terrain in the region is highly dangerous for those who are unfamiliar with it.

Last week, the sheriff’s team joined hands with the Border Patrol to rescue 39 migrants, some of whom had their clothes frozen to their bodies. The recent spate of incidents has prompted local officials to demand additional resources to address the crisis, citing the vast area that needs to be covered and the harsh climatic conditions that pose a significant challenge for the agents.

The US Border Patrol Swanton Sector has reported that in the last five months, the number of people apprehended crossing into the US from Canada has surpassed the combined figures of the last three fiscal years. The situation has prompted local authorities to appeal for immediate action to tackle the crisis and prevent further loss of life.