The woman died while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of migrants, officials say.

U.S. border patrol agents were informed shortly before midnight on Friday that a group of about 70 people were trying to swim around a barrier between Tijuana, Mexico, and a beach in Border Field State Park in San Diego, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. news release.

The woman, who is believed to be part of the group, was found unresponsive and could not be resuscitated, the agency said. San Diego took custody of her body after responding to the area.

“This is another example of the relentless tactics used by smuggling organizations to boost their power and profits.” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a written statement. “We will work tirelessly to pursue and bring to justice those responsible for this tragedy.”

The agency said it had arrested 36 Mexican citizens who were swimming across the border, including 13 who were rescued from the water by the U.S. Coast Guard. All 36 were taken to the border station for processing.

The westernmost part of the U.S.-Mexico border overlooks the Pacific Ocean, inside Border Field State Park in California outside of San Diego and along a public beach in Tijuana, Mexico.
The 2021 business year, which ended Sept. 30, is over more deaths of migrants according to data released by the U.S. Border Patrol on Thursday, on the southern U.S. border as in any previous year.
There were 557 deaths on the south-western border this financial year. That’s more than 254 deaths in the fiscal year 2020 and 300 deaths in 2019 – a significant increase in a 30-year record for border crossings. Agency data on deaths dates back to 1998.

But the numbers do not represent all the deaths of migrants at the borders, as state and local agencies can find the bodies without the involvement of the border patrol, which means the death toll is likely to be higher.

Most of the deaths of migrants at the borders were related to exposure to heat, the agency reported. Migrants often face dangerous terrain and can get lost when trying to break into the US.

Several factors led to an increase in recorded deaths, among others more people are crossing the border and increased agency efforts to work with law enforcement partners to identify and document cases.


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