DEMING, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued five Mexican nationals who were in distress after illegally entering the United States.
Just after midnight June 20, U.S. Border Patrol agents in the El Paso Sector were contacted by the Mexican Consulate regarding a lost group of illegal aliens. The consulate informed agents that a group of illegal aliens had to contact their office to seek rescue because they were in distress with no food or water. The Mexican Consulate was able to provide agents with coordinates of the general location where they believed the aliens were. Border Patrol agents from the Deming Border Patrol Station were dispatched to the area. After an exhaustive and strenuous search, agents found the group in the middle of the Cedar Mountains, southwest of Deming. This particular area is very mountainous and still very far from any major roads or cities.
The group, made up of five adult Mexican nationals, was provided a field medical screening, and cleared for transport to the Deming Border Patrol Station. Upon arrival at the station, the group was also given a more thorough medical examination by emergency medical personnel. All five subjects were found to be healthy and did not require any additional medical attention.
All subjects will be processed accordingly and criminally prosecuted for illegal entry.
Rescues such as these are expected to occur more often as we officially enter summer this Friday. Environments along our southern border such as the Chihuahua Desert or the canals in El Paso often pose hidden dangers of which most people are unaware of. The United States Border Patrol will continue to monitor these areas in an attempt to preserve life while maintaining our national security.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-800-635-2509 toll free.