EDINGBURG, TEXAS—U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued an illegal alien early this morning, who had fallen victim to the harsh terrain of South Texas.
Agents rescued the illegal alien after receiving information from the Brooks County Sheriff's Office about a distressed person, who called 9-1-1 after becoming lost in the brush. Agents were able to locate the illegal alien, who is a male juvenile from Mexico, using GPS coordinates provided by the sheriff's office. The boy did not require medical attention and will be processed for return to Mexico.
So far this fiscal year, agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have rescued more than 60 illegal aliens, whose lives were at risk due to a variety of circumstances. Human smugglers are calloused individuals who are only concerned with making money. They will abandon people who become injured or cannot keep up with the rest of the group. Agents have found more than 20 people this fiscal year, who died while trying to illegally enter the U.S. or while attempting to circumvent a traffic checkpoint.
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.