Tucson, Ariz. - Since the beginning of July, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have saved the lives of more than a dozen illegal immigrants.
During separate incidents in the first two weeks of July, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued 15 illegal immigrants throughout southern Arizona. In each case, victims required medical attention due to dehydration. Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents, partnering with Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Air and Marine air assets, were deployed in high risk areas to provide life-saving treatment to individuals in distress.
Other victims of the harsh Sonoran Desert were found dead. In separate incidents, Border Patrol agents discovered five bodies while patrolling within the Tucson Sector. The deceased subjects appeared to have died from environmental exposure.
Family and friends of individuals considering crossing into the U.S. illegally are encouraged to warn their loved ones of the inherent dangers that could cost them their lives. Exposure to the elements, abuses at the hands of smugglers, and extortion are just a few of the risks involved with attempting an illegal entry.
We welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877)-872-7435 toll free.
All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.