EL PASO, TEXAS—A pair of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry had a memorable Thanksgiving day. They helped deliver a baby boy during their holiday shift.
“Service to the community is a CBP core value although it is not usually associated with assisting in the birth of child,” said El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “I commend the officers involved for their quick response to a medical emergency that needed immediate attention.”
The delivery occurred just after 5 a.m. when a 17-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the port and asked CBP officers to contact EMS because she was experiencing labor pains. CBP officers began to escort the mother-to-be to a CBP office to wait for the ambulance however the baby was not cooperating. The mother sat down in the secondary inspection area where the two CBP officers delivered a baby boy within moments. The officers tied off the umbilical cord and wrapped the baby and mother with their jackets and blankets while waiting for EMS to arrive. The ambulance arrived several minutes later and transported the pair to a local hospital without incident. The officers then resumed their normal CBP duties.
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.