Deming, NM - CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents from Deming, along with assistance from New Mexico State Police, the Hachita Volunteer Fire Department, and the Grant County Sheriffs Office made a life-saving effort of an illegal migrant yesterday near Hachita, N.M.
At approximately 9:00 a.m., Border Patrol agents were notified by a Grant County, N.M. dispatcher about an incoming emergency call received from a medically-distressed person near Hachita. Responding Border Patrol agents and members from the other agencies located the male subject in an outlying area in obvious distress. The unidentified man appeared to be suffering from severe dehydration. He was soon stabilized by a Border Patrol Emergency Medical technician (EMT), and transported to Mimbres Memorial Hospital, in Deming. He has been receiving medical treatment over the past several hours.
Border Patrol agents say that remote border areas always present a clear and present danger to illegal migrants, particularly during warm seasonal months. Migrants are frequently duped by human smugglers or "coyotes" into believing that these environmentally-hostile areas are safe to travel. Coyotes have also been known to abandon individuals or groups of migrants in outlying areas who are injured, sick or just fall behind.
To date in fiscal year 2012, El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents have conducted a total of eight rescues. This demonstrates how CBP U.S. Border Patrol is constantly vigilant and takes preventative action in situations involving distress so that lives can be preserved.
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.