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Border Patrol Keeping People in Arizona Heat

Sep 4, 2023

The U.S. Border Patrol has been keeping men, women, and children in an outside pen in Arizona for more than a year.

According to photographs obtained by The Intercept, dozens were kept in this pen at the Ajo Border Patrol Station in the cold last winter, when temperatures dipped below freezing.

This July, dozens more have been kept outside when the temperature hit 114 degrees. They barely even have shade—unlike the border patrol vehicles parked nearby.

This heat is deadly. Just during the month of July in Pima County, where this station is located, the Border Patrol found the bodies of 44 people who they assume were trying to cross the border.

In June, an eight-year-old girl, Anadith Danay Reyes Alvarez, died in Border Patrol custody. How many more will die seeking refuge from unlivable conditions created by U.S. big business?