PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry assisted in the delivery of a healthy baby boy Saturday evening. The mother of the child, a resident of Presidio, was in labor when she arrived from Mexico and presented herself for inspection at the port.
“It has been a long standing tradition of U.S. Custom and Border Protection to welcome U.S. citizens when returning home from abroad however it is rare when we have the opportunity to welcome a new citizen into the world,” said John Deputy, CBP Presidio Port Director. “No one at the port can remember the last time this occurred here. Fortunately CBP officers are highly trained personnel to include providing medical aid when necessary.”
The sequence of events leading to the birth began at 10:58 p.m. Saturday when the mother-to-be and a friend arrived at the port requesting an ambulance. CBP officers quickly escorted the vehicle to the secondary inspection area where CBP officers provided care and assistance to the pregnant woman. Moments later at 11:05 p.m. CBP officers helped the female delivery a baby boy. After making sure the baby was breathing normally CBP officers wrapped him in their duty jackets keeping him protected from the elements until arrival of Presidio EMS. At approximately 11:12 p.m. Presidio EMS arrived and took over the care of the mother and her infant. Both mother and baby were transported to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in good health.
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.