Monday, June 23, 2008

Desert heat too much for illegal immigrants (KPNX-AZ)

Desert heat too much for illegal immigrants

by Mark Phillips - Jun. 22, 2008 02:43 PM
12 News

The U.S. Border Patrol found 17 illigal immigrants south of Gila Bend Sunday. Two children and a woman were part of the group. They had been wandering in the desert for three days. When they were found they were dehydrated and several were in serious condition. The immigrants were taken to several valley hospitals. Three ended up at Banner Estrella hospital.

The immigrants were discovered along state route 85 approximately 71 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border. Temperatures in the area approached 115 degrees during the day and there was little relief at night.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies assisted the Border Patrol. The immigrants will be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after they are treated.

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