High temperatures in Arizona desert push rescues by Border Patrol.

'jhadow' via Flickr/Creative Commons In the first two weeks of…

‘jhadow’ via Flickr/Creative Commons

In the first two weeks of July, more than a dozen illegal immigrants crossing through the intense heat in the Arizona desert have been rescued by Border Patrol agents.

At least five more have perished, according to the agency, as temperatures climbed to 104 degrees in the area, said the agency.

The Border Patrol encouraged families and friends of those considering crossing into the U.S. illegally to warn their loved ones of the inherent dangers that could cost them their lives. Exposure to the elements, abuses at the hands of smugglers, and extortion are just a few of the risks involved with attempting an illegal entry, it said.

Source: Mark Rockwell for Government Security News

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