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Scorching Heat Is Contributing to Migrant Deaths

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In South Texas, a relentless and scorching heat wave has been contributing to the deaths of migrants attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the United States. Deputy Don White of the Brooks County Sheriff's Office, patrolling the area near the border, has discovered signs of migrants who may have succumbed to the extreme heat. While fewer people have been attempting the crossing compared to the previous year, more than 500 deaths have already been recorded in 2023, with many attributed to dehydration, heat stroke, or hypothermia exacerbated by the unrelenting heat and suffocating humidity in Texas. South Texas Human Rights, an organization tracking missing migrants, has experienced a surge in cases, highlighting the challenges faced by those making the perilous journey. The extreme heat poses significant risks to migrants seeking a better life and has made the U.S.-Mexico border one of the deadliest crossings globally, with thousands of deaths recorded since 1998.

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