Open letter to border crossers and others playing in the desert during triple-digit temperatures.

The Arizona sun has no mercy/Ryn Gargulinski

The Arizona sun has no mercy/Ryn Gargulinski

Dearest Border Crossers:

While we admire your tenacity at attempting to cross the sizzling desert to get into the United States at any cost, we do ask a dinky little favor:

Can you at least wait until the desert is a tad less sizzling?

Perhaps a break during the hottest months is what you need. It’s not called the “season of death” for nothing.

U.S. Border Patrol agents needed to rescue at least 27 desert crossers for heat-related injuries in a recent two-day span, a Tucson Sector press release tells us.

Two illegal aliens were found severely dehydrated, one of them suffering from delirium. Perhaps he thought he was still in Mexico, or even that he made it to Maine.

Another Tucson Sector rescue involved a pregnant woman who was both dehydrated and suffering from abdominal pain from drinking contaminated water out of a cattle tank. We don’t think that’s good for the fetus.

The Yuma Sector agents also had their hands full. Last week two agents responded to a rescue beacon about 15 miles from the Fortuna Foothills near the Gila Mountains – only to find two guys who had been wandering around the desert for about four days.

Agents soon discovered these guys, too, were illegal aliens. Background checks revealed one of the fellows had been removed from the U.S. four times prior to his latest illegal attempt to enter the country. The Yuma press release did not note if the previous attempts had been in the summer.

The pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, others were treated at the scene, and “all of the subjects were then held for processing.”

You see, this hot weather stuff just isn’t working.

Even if you do evade the animal coyotes, the human coyotes, the agents, and the bears coming down from the mountains – the heat is going to get you.

We’re not even supposed to leave our dogs sans shade in these temperatures.

If you don’t die from the heat and are instead rescued, you’ll just get sent back to your home country anyway. This only serves to create a merry-go-round of wasted resources and time.

Sure, more than 200 border patrol agents are trained as EMTs and humanitarian rescue efforts will be made, but that doesn’t mean you should test their skills, knowledge and patience.

But some still are. Since Oct. 1, Tucson Sector agents have rescued 233 people from the desert and the Yuma Sector agents 17.

Please note these numbers only include people found alive. Be sure there are some dehydrated corpses out there.

But don’t take our word for it.

“Despite the obvious heat dangers, smugglers carelessly put lives at risk in their attempts to profit from illegal activity,” a press release quoted Tucson Sector Associate Chief Raleigh Leonard. “These unfortunate incidents are a reminder that the Sonoran Desert is a harsh and unforgiving environment.”

Thank you for your consideration. And we’re sure we’ll see you again in the fall.

The face of dehydration?/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

The face of dehydration/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski


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