KINGSVILLE, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) operators saved two undocumented immigrants after they were abandoned by their smuggler.
Agents responded to a distress call in reference to a group of immigrants in a brushy area. BORSTAR operators and a service K-9 were deployed and located the group in distress. Agents requested an ambulance and a Helo flight to assist in the rescue, as the women were exhibiting signs of dehydration. Two of the women were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
BORSTAR operators are medically trained agents who hold certifications ranging from Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) to Certified Paramedics and are often called out to the field to treat, and stabilize those in need.
RGV Sector continues to see an increase in rescues this fiscal year, thus far we stand at 865 rescues compared to 584, this time last year. RGV Sector urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States or by attempting to circumvent a checkpoint. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity 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.