U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 9 undocumented immigrants over the weekend after they were abandoned by their smugglers in consistent days where temperatures broke 100ºF.
Kingsville agents received numerous 911 calls in reference to immigrants being lost in the brush. Of the six immigrants rescued, more than half were transported to the hospital in need of immediate medical attention. The subjects were located at different times and locations, but all were in distress due to the sweltering heat and told agents that when they could no longer keep up with the smuggler, they were left behind.
Falfurrias agents also responded to a 911 call from an immigrant who was in need of medical attention after being abandoned in the brush. Agents in the field, with the help of a CBP Air and Marine helicopter, were able to locate the subject and provide medical assistance. The immigrant was ultimately transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Another rescue occurred when the Guatemalan consul requested assistance in locating a lost immigrant north of Raymondville, Texas. Agents quickly coordinated a plan and were able to locate the immigrant, who was transported to a local hospital.
From October 1, 2015 to present, RGV Sector has seen a 54% increase in rescues and a 3% decrease in deaths, in comparison to the same time period as the prior year.
With temperatures expected to rise even higher this week, RGV Sector urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.