Illegal migrants crossing the Canada-United States border (File photo)
In mid-December, the week that U.S. Border Patrol agents found Ms. Vasquez-Flores' body, they also rescued two others people in the woods who had entered the country from Canada.
Most migrants who attempt to make the journey on foot are unprepared for the cold, police say. Last year, several migrants died trying to reach the United States.
You can't cross the north woods with tennis shoes and hope for the best, Maj. Nicholas Leon of the Clinton County, N.Y., Sheriff's Office said Friday.
In January 2023, Fritznel Richard, 44, a Haitian, was found frozen to death in a wooded area near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec. Police said he was trying to cross the border into the United States. He probably died of hypothermia and his friends said he had been unable to obtain a work permit in Canada and wanted to reunite with his wife in the United States. p>
In late February, José Leos Cervantes, 45, from Aguascalientes, Mexico, collapsed and died shortly after crossing on foot the American border from Quebec.
On the other hand, the Mohawk police of Akwesasne are still investigating the drowning of eight people, including two children under the age of three, whose bodies were pulled from the St. Lawrence River in March. The migrants – an Indian family of four and a Romanian family of four – were attempting to illegally enter the United States from Canada.