US border guards found their mortal remains this week in an area that officials describe as "rough desert", 17 miles west of Lukeville, Arizona. A statement issued on Thursday, the US Customs and Border Guard said that the deceased child was allegedly an Indian citizen and had traveled in a group allegedly traveling. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en near the border, "by human smugglers who ordered the group to cross the border into a dangerous and harsh place."
A medical examiner from Arizona said Friday that 6-year-old Gurupreet Kaur was suffering from hyperthermia died. The temperatures in the area where agents had found their remains were 1
08 degrees on Wednesday.
Her death underscores a rarely-discussed reality that has taken place on the US-Mexican border in recent years: a growing number of migrants from India have crossed over there.
The number of Indian nationals arrested at the southwestern border has increased According to Border Patrol statistics, the increase has increased steadily and sharply over the last year. In the 2018 financial year, 8,997 people from India were arrested at the Southwest border, more than three times the number of the previous year, when 2,943 Indian migrants were arrested.
A Bigger Trend
That's still a small percentage – about 2% of migrants arrested on the Southwest border in 2018. The clear majority of migrants arrested at the border came from Latin American countries, mainly from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
But the increase in arrested Indians is remarkable. And it's part of a bigger trend.
"Migrants from other continents have generally increased significantly, not just Indians, says Jessica Bolter, a research fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, migration patterns track the border.
An increase in numbers of Indian nationals and other migrants from outside The Western Hemisphere, which crossed the US-Mexico border illegally, was "an emerging trend in recent years," a homeland security official told CNN on Friday.  Bangladeshi migrants' concerns about the southwestern border were over The US customs and border guards have recently arrested the cases of groups of African migrants highlighted in Texas, noting that the recently arrived groups are mainly from families from the Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of C, composed ongo and Angola.
"With this girl from India, there was no confirmation that she was traveling in a family, but it is likely," said Bolter. "This trend of increasing family migration is reflected not only in Central America but across America as well, indicating that the message that families can easily enter the US is spreading."
But, according to Bolter, migrants from outside the United States have been on their way to the border between the US and Mexico for at least a decade.
"They usually fly into areas like Brazil or Ecuador, where visa policy is looser, and then smuggle further north through Central America and Mexico to the US," says Bolter.
The number seems to increase in 2019 as the number of families arrested at the border increases overall.
"The number of migrants arrested at the border from other continents has already doubled compared to the previous year," she says.
Homeland Security officials have been warning for months The humanitarian crisis at the border and a significant shift in illegal border crossing.
The facilities of the overcrowded border guards are not full of single men from Mexico, who once had the most frontier workers, but primarily Central American families and unaccompanied children, many of whom seek asylum.
Unaccompanied children and family members were the main concerns in May. More than 11,000 unaccompanied children and more than 84,000 family members were detained earlier this month, CBP officials said.
Trump administration officials say the skyrocketing numbers are a testament to the case they've been taking for months: gaps in the US immigration system are encouraging a growing number of migrants to come. Democrats argue that the government is guilty and that its policies have exacerbated the crisis. Acting Minister of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan defended the actions of the Trump government at the US border at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, accusing Congress of raising its feet.
] "This crisis is unlike anything our country has ever faced," he said.
CNN's Faith M. Karimi, Geneva Sands, Priscilla Alvarez and Hollie Silverman have contributed to this report.