US border patrol agents have uncovered her remains this week in an area that employees describe as a "rugged desert desert," 17 miles west of Lukeville, Arizona. In a statement Thursday, US customs and border protection said the deceased child was believed to be a citizen of India and that she had traveled to a group that was reportedly thrown near the border by "smugglers who ordered the group to pass through a dangerous and a strict location. "
An Arizona medical expert said on Friday that 6-year-old Gurupreet Caur had died of hyperthermia. Temperatures in the region where the agents have discovered its remains remain about 108 degrees.
Her death highlights the rarely discussed reality that has been playing on the US-Mexican border in recent years: An increasing number of migrants from India have gone there.
The number of Indian citizens detained at the southwestern border has steadily climbed and sharply increased last year, according to border patrol statistics. In the financial year 201
8, 8,997 people from India were detained at the southwestern border – more than three times the previous year, when 2943 Indian migrants were detained. There is still a small percentage – about 2% of the total number of migrants detained at the southwestern border in the fiscal year 2018. The majority of migrants detained at the border come from Latin American countries, mostly from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El. Salvador
But the increase in detained Indians is remarkable. And that's part of a bigger trend.
"There is a significant increase in migrants coming from other continents, not only the Indians," says Jessica Bolter, a research assistant at the Institute for Migration Policy, who traces the migrations in
Increasing the number of Indian citizens and of other migrants outside the borders of the Western Hemisphere, which illegally crosses the US-Mexico border, is "an emerging trend over the past few years," a CNN Department of Homeland Security official said on Friday. migrant migrants from Bangladesh to the southwest border also increased significantly from the fiscal 2017 to the fiscal 2018, almost doubling from 564 to 1198.
US customs and border protection officers recently highlighted the cases of groups of African migrants detained in Texas, noting that groups recently arrived were mainly from the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Ongo and Angola.
"With this Indian girl there is no confirmation that she travels to a family, but that is likely," said Boltter. "This trend of increasing family migration is echo not only across Central America but also outside of the Americas, which shows the message that families can easily spread to the United States." Boltter says migrants from outside of America have reached the US-Mexico border for at least the last decade.
"In general, they like to fly to places such as Brazil or Ecuador, places that have a weaker visa policy
In 2019, they say, their number is rising because the total number of families,
"The number of migrants detained at the border from other continents has already doubled since last year," she said.
Officials of the Department of Homeland Security have been alert for months over what they describe as a humanitarian crisis at the border and a significant p
Overcrowded border patrol facilities are not full of Mexican men who have once constituted most of the border guards, but mostly with families from Central America and unaccompanied children, many of whom seek refuge .
Unaccompanied children and family members made up most of the concerns in May, with more than 11,000 unaccompanied children and more than 84,000 family members being arrested, officials said earlier this month.
Trump administration officials claim that sharply rising numbers are more evidence of the case they have been doing for months: holes in the US immigration system, they say, encourage an increasing number of migrants. Democrats say the administration itself is guilty and that its policy has exacerbated the crisis.
Incoming Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAllon defended the Trump's administration at the US border at a Senate meeting on Tuesday and accused Congress of pulling his feet.
"This crisis does not resemble anything our country has ever faced," he said.
Faith M. Carrimi, Geneva Sands, Priscilla Alvarez and Holly Silverman contributed to the report.