Despite a weekend in which the bodies of four people were found in the New River, the U.S. Border Patrol reported it is still seeing a drop in the number of people attempting to cross the border illegally into the Imperial Valley.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Dionicio Delgado said the number of apprehensions this month is down 29 percent over June and 26 percent for the year.
He said those numbers show there are fewer people making it across the border, including a decrease in the number of people attempting to traverse local waterways.
Still, immigrants are crossing the border on a regular basis and some are dying. This summer there have been more than 30 deaths in the local deserts and waterways and the number of deaths is increasing each week.