Body of migrant, 15, found; several people rescued

I don't want to go on being just a root in the shadows,
vacillating, extended, shivering with dream,
down in the damp bowels of earth,
absorbing it, thinking it, eating it every day.

-Pablo Neruda from 'Walking Around'

Border issues in the news...

The body of a 15-year-old illegal immigrant boy was found by U.S. Border Patrol agents late Saturday night near Arivaca.

Agents also rescued several people in incidents over the hot weekend along Arizona's stretch of U.S.-Mexican border.

A crew aboard a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine helicopter just before midnight Saturday spotted what appeared to be a body in a wash south of Arivaca, about 50 miles southwest of Tucson, said Mario Escalante, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman.

An agent went to the wash and found the body, Escalante said. Personal belongings nearby in a backpack indicated the body was that of a 15-year-old from Jalisco, Mexico, he said.

The 100-degree-plus heat put many other illegal immigrants in danger as well. The Border Patrol performed two other noteworthy rescues Sunday and were in the midst of another Monday.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office called the Border Patrol about 9:30 a.m. Sunday reporting that a suspected illegal immigrant was suffering from severe dehydration near Interstate 8, east of Gila Bend, Escalante said. When agents arrived, they found a 31-year-old man from Mexico in bad condition. He was flown by helicopter to Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Escalante said. As of Sunday night, he was still unconscious in the intensive care unit, he said.

His brother, who was found with him, told agents that a group of illegal immigrants had helped him move his brother closer to the highway. Agents found a group of seven illegal immigrants from Mexico nearby. Three of them were suffering from dehydration and were taken by ground ambulance to Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, he said.

About 3 a.m. Sunday near the town of Cobabi on the Tohono O'odham Nation, agents found a 22-year-old woman from El Salvador who had been reported missing by her brother the night before. Her feet were so badly blistered she couldn't walk, and she was dehydrated, Escalante said. She was treated at the scene and sent for processing and deportation to her home country in Central America.

Agents were still searching the reservation Monday afternoon for a man whose brother told agents late Sunday night that his sibling had been left behind. Agents caught the brother about 11 p.m.east of Why on Arizona 86, Escalante said. The man told agents that his brother was dehydrated and left behind. Agents were searching the area, Escalante said.

This article is by Brady McCombs, from the Arizona Daily Star