LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol Agents throughout the Laredo Sector have rescued over 680 illegal aliens who have fallen into distress or become lost during their journey into the United States for fiscal year 2018. Although rescues for the Laredo Sector Border Patrol are down 9% from the previous fiscal year, Border Patrol Agents stand ready to respond and assist anyone in need.
On May 7, 2018, after Border Patrol Agents from the Laredo West Station rescued one illegal alien and discovered a deceased subject in a ranch northwest of Laredo, Texas. The rescued subject had called Border Patrol to request assistance and stated his cousin was deceased. Agents were able to locate the lost subject and a Border Patrol Agent certified as an Emergency Medical Technician immediately evaluated the subject and began administering Intravenous Fluids (IV). Border Patrol Agents transported the subject to a local hospital for further treatment. A short time later, Agents discovered the body of the deceased subject. The rescued subject was determined to be from the country of Mexico.
On May 8, 2018, Border Patrol Agents from the Cotulla Station and the Laredo Sector Horse Patrol Unit rescued an illegal alien in a ranch northwest of Laredo, Texas. Agents encountered the subject while tracking a group of illegal aliens. The subject was found suffering from severe dehydration and claimed to be assaulted by the smuggler. A Border Patrol Agent certified as an Emergency Medical Technician immediately evaluated the subject. The subject was turned over to Emergency Medical Services and transported to a local hospital. The subject was determined to be from the country of Mexico.
“These events illustrate how the men and women of the United States Border Patrol not only serve to protect our borders, but are also committed to the preservation of life and assist anyone in need,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel H. Acosta.
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.
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.