TUCSON, Ariz. – An illegal immigrant’s life was saved by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents near Douglas, Ariz. on Monday. Border Patrol Agents from the Douglas, Ariz. station locate an injured illegal immigrant with the assistance of a CBP aircraft. At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Monday agents responded to an illegal immigrant who had called emergency services in Mexico, after crossing the border illegally outside of Douglas, Arizona. Agents from the Border Patrol’s International Liaison Unit were quick to coordinate a search and rescue operation on the U.S. side of the border.
The woman was able to use her cell phone to help guide a CBP helicopter and Border Patrol agents to her position. The helicopter was able to locate the caller and drop off a Border Patrol agent EMT at her location. The EMT was able to medically stabilize the woman, who was then transported to a local hospital for treatment for dehydration and blistering.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol’s International Liaison Unit works to coordinate international relations, improving responses in cross-border incidents. Crossing the border illegally is a dangerous endeavor, and illegal immigrants can quickly find themselves in life threatening situations.
In many circumstances a call from a concerned citizen could potentially save a life, and the Tucson Sector Border Patrol welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.