Extreme heat in the Rio Grande Valley intensifies dangers for illegal crossers
MCALLEN, Texas – With the recent weather conditions, U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) continue to rescue illegal aliens in distress due to heat related injuries after being abandoned by their callous smugglers.
Today, agents assigned to the McAllen station encountered two illegal aliens requiring medical attention due to prolonged exposure to the excessive heat. Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Fish and Wildlife Officers were on scene to evaluate and provide treatment. An Air and Marine Operations helicopter also landed to provide assistance.
The EMTs determined that the Ecuadoran male needed further medical attention and agents requested an ambulance to transport him to a local hospital. Agents treated the Guatemalan female at the scene and cleared her for transport and processing.
“Smugglers have a complete disregard for human life and continue to endanger the lives of those determined to cross illegally into the United States,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “Our agents are prepared and will continue to provide lifesaving efforts as the need arises.”
The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
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.