Falfurrias, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector saved the lives of two men, two juveniles and found the skeletal remains of another individual Tuesday.
The two men, suspected illegal immigrants from Honduras, had been lost in the brush for two days after being abandoned by the smuggler they had entrusted to safely get them around the Falfurrias Checkpoint. Fortunately, the two men found and activated a Border Patrol rescue beacon. Agents responded to the beacon and offered the men first aid. The pair declined medical attention.
The two juveniles were rescued by agents after they called 9-1-1. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office used the cellphone signal to figure out that the teens were somewhere in the Falfurrias area near U.S. Highway 281 North. Agents immediately responded to the area and located the juveniles.
Additionally, the skeletal remains of an illegal immigrant were found on a ranch near the Falfurrias Checkpoint. The cause of death is unknown.
As part of the Border Safety Initiative, which aims to reduce migrant deaths, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector have rescued more than 90 illegal immigrants thus far in fiscal year 2014. That number represents a nearly 60 percent decrease in rescues compared to the same time period for fiscal year 2013. Agents have also found the remains of more than 30 people, a decrease of more than 30 percent.
Illegally entering the United States is extremely dangerous. Extreme weather conditions, combined with rugged terrain, can rapidly cause an individual to become distressed and die from dehydration, exertion or other weather-related illnesses. Unscrupulous human smugglers prey upon the desperation of illegal immigrants and exploit them for profit. Human smugglers are ruthless criminals who view the immigrant not as a human being, but as cargo. Immigrants are urged not to put their safety at risk by illegally entering the United States or circumventing a checkpoint.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the 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.