SARITA, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Harlingen Station saved the lives of two illegal aliens Wednesday morning.
The two men, nationals of El Salvador, were left behind by a human smuggler and became lost in the dense brush. One of the men placed a 9-1-1 call to the Willacy County Sheriff's Office and requested assistance.
Agents quickly located the pair using GPS coordinates provided by the Sheriff's Office. One of the men requested medical attention for his left eye and was transported to the Harlingen Medical Center for evaluation. He was treated and released back into Border Patrol custody.
The two illegal aliens will be processed for return to El Salvador.
"Along with the long and arduous trek, unscrupulous human smugglers continuously prey upon the desperation of undocumented aliens and often abandoned individuals who are unable to keep up with the group in isolated locations of South Texas," Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa said. "Border Patrol agents will continue to focus on rescue efforts and aggressively target alien smugglers."
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have rescued more than 80 illegal aliens.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800)-863-9382.
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.