Desert Center, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector saved the lives of 9 illegal aliens yesterday afternoon after they became severely dehydrated while traveling through rough desert terrain.
The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m., when Border Patrol Agents at the Highway 111 Checkpoint near Salton City, Calif. received a call from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) regarding a group of 9 individuals who made a 911 distress call from the desert. A cellular telephone was used to make the call which allowed the CHP to generate GPS coordinates of their location near Desert Center.
Agents were dispatched to the area where the group was thought to be using the GPS coordinates and at approximately 4:15 p.m., 9 severely dehydrated individuals were discovered near an abandoned desert road. The group was transported out of the extreme heat and immediately treated for injuries and dehydration. Emergency Medical Assistance was requested for all 9 illegal aliens and they were transported to nearby hospitals for advanced medical care.
It was later determined that each of the individuals were Mexican citizens who had entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico. After receiving treatment, the group was transported to the Indio Border Patrol Station for processing. Record checks revealed that one of the subjects had a warrant out of San Jose, Calif. and two others had extensive criminal history. The warrant suspect was turned over to the Indio Police Department and the two criminal aliens are currently being held by the U.S. Border Patrol pending federal prosecution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.