The Associated Press reports that United States Border Patrol agents have once again rescued hundreds of illegal aliens found wandering the Arizona desert after crossing the Mexican border into the country and being abandoned by human traffickers.
While the number of large-scale caravans of migrant men, women, and children entering the southern border has decreased since President Trump was elected, Border Patrol agents occasionally apprehend illegal aliens in large numbers as they did last Saturday near the Lukeville Port in Ajo, AZ.
In a statement given to Breitbart Texas, Tuscon Sector Border Patrol agents blamed "transnational crime organizations" who "exploit the vulnerability of foreign nationals with false promises of legal status and encourage dangerous border crossings, which place lives at risk" for the incident. According to the AP report, 163 men, women, and children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador were taken in by authorities for medical evaluation. The youngest of these migrants was 4 months old.
After being processed for previous immigration violations, authorities report that 5 of these individuals had previously been deported. Earlier in August, authorities found 128 illegal aliens who were abandoned by human smugglers as well.
At the time the Border Patrol issued a press release, saying, "The Border Patrol’s mission is to protect U.S. borders between official ports of entry, but agents are equally concerned with the safety of anyone they encounter. Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials continue to publicize warnings about the dangers of entering the U.S. illegally; especially during the summer months when desert temperatures can exceed 120 degrees."