Six- year old Gurpreet Kaur’s body was found in the treacherous desert area in the State of Arizona. The discovery of the girl’s body turns the spotlight on rising illegal immigrants from India trying to cross into the US through Mexico.
According to the Customs and Border Patrol Officials, about 9,000 Indians were caught entering the US illegally last year. Kaur died of heat stroke after her mother left her to go in search of water as the temperature was 42 degrees Celsius.
The CBP said the girl died while she and four others, including an Indian woman and her eight-year-old daughter, were dropped off near the Mexico-US border by “human smugglers who ordered the group to cross (into the US) in the dangerous and austere location”.
The CBP said its agents had encountered two Indian women who told them that three others in the group had separated. The body was found during the search. In 2018, about 260 people reportedly died while crossing illegally from Mexico.