The area of the Rio Grande where most illegal immigrants try to cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. was empty on Sunday afternoon as temperatures reached 111 degrees, the Washington Examiner reported.
More than 300,000 people were apprehended in less than a year in this section of the border area, which is more by far than all other border areas combined. This time of year, some people try to cross the border at night or early in the morning, but the hot sun keeps people from trying to make the trip during daylight hours.
Chris Cabrera, an 18-year Border Patrol Agent in the area, says that Mexico’s deployment of troops to its side of the border has also slowed down the number trying to cross there in recent weeks. “They’re not allowing anybody to cross,” he said, but Border Patrol would not give any data to back up his statement.
The Mexican military has also stopped gang activity along the border as they try to avoid detection. The slowdown has allowed agents to take care of other duties like stopping the flow of drugs being smuggled into the U.S. at the border.
Cabrera does not think the slowdown will last indefinitely, but welcomes the opportunity to get back to some normal duties and regroup while it does last.
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