Collaboration with Multiple Border Patrol Sectors and International Partners Leads to Rescue of Two Ecuadorian Nationals
LAREDO, Texas – Two Ecuadorian Nationals were rescued as a result of international collaboration and information sharing between the United States Border Patrol Laredo Sector, El Paso Sector, Big Bend Sector and the Ecuadorian Consulate Office in Houston, Texas.
On April 23, 2018, Border Patrol Agents from the Sierra Blanca Station received information of two subjects in distress. The two subjects had resorted to calling the Mexican Emergency Services (equivalent of 911) for assistance after being left behind in a desolate area by callous smugglers. Agents immediately deployed to the Quitman Mountains in West Texas to begin the search for the missing subjects.
Later that day, Agents from the Laredo Sector Missing Migrant Program received information from the Ecuadorian Consulate Office in Houston identifying the approximate location of the two lost subjects. The Laredo Sector Missing Migrant Program relayed this critical lifesaving information to the Sierra Blanca Agents.
The next day, Agents along with the help of BORSTAR Agents were able to locate and rescue the two subjects near Sierra Blanca, Texas. Both subjects were evaluated by a Border Patrol Agent certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and were taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
“While this event illustrates the callous nature with which smugglers disregard human life, it also exemplifies the humanitarian efforts and collaboration between the United States Border Patrol and the international community to help those in need,” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens.
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol will continue to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States through dangerous environmental conditions. Our Border Safety Initiative (BSI) is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce illegal alien deaths, educate and inform potential illegal aliens of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally, and to respond to those who are in life-threatening situations. The Missing Migrant Program was created in response to a record number of migrant deaths along the U.S. / Mexico border as a proactive approach in the realm of humanitarian efforts.
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.