drug smuggling

Image captured by Yuma Sector Border Patrol, 2016

Monitoring the U.S./Mexico border for drug smuggling activity is one of the charges of the U.S. Border Patrol.  This task has been made that much more difficult in the technological age.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

Stephanie Sanchez

In May 2001-a group of 26 illegal immigrants from Mexico attempting to cross the U.S. Mexico Border were left to fend for themselves in the Arizona desert by the coyotes they’d hired to smuggle them into the United States.

With no food or water, 14 immigrants died of heat exhaustion.

The deaths sparked a debate over efforts to stem illegal immigration and humanitarian efforts to help immigrants who cross Arizona’s treacherous southern deserts.