LAREDO, Texas – On November 4, 2016, an off-duty Border Patrol agent, together with on-duty agents, rescued a man in distress at a local ranch near Laredo, Texas. The off-duty Border Patrol agent encountered an injured person while he was out hunting, leading him to call Border Patrol agents to assist the injured person. The man was found to be exhausted, dehydrated and appeared to have a fracture above the right ankle.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol EMTs and the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) arrived at the location and worked together to render medical assistance until Emergency Medical Services arrived. The man, who was later determined to be an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, appeared to have been abandoned by smugglers. The man was transferred to a local hospital for further medical evaluation.
“I am very proud of the work that our agents do every day to prevent the loss of life and attend to the needs of people in distress. Unfortunately we continue to see the exploitation and callous treatment of these persons by smugglers in our area. It is unconscionable that they are willing to leave these immigrants to die.” said Mario Martinez, Chief Patrol Agent of the Laredo Sector Border Patrol.
Under the umbrella of the Border Safety Initiative created in 1998, The U.S. Border Patrol strives to prevent deaths and increase rescues of illegal immigrants who fall prey to callous, unscrupulous human smugglers who place them in dangerous situations to fend for themselves. The deployment of specialized personnel, area-specific technology, and public awareness campaigns are among the efforts undertaken by The U.S. Border Patrol each year in order to prevent the unfortunate loss of life.
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.