LAREDO, Texas – In the span of one week from June 13 to June 20, 2016, Laredo Sector Border Patrol has rescued a total of 87 undocumented immigrants. Last week, The Laredo Sector Border Patrol held a Border Safety Initiative media event, where the Chief of the Laredo Sector spoke to members of the media regarding, the training, technology and resources that are being utilized to not only secure our borders, but to save lives as well.
Border Patrol agents were extremely busy rescuing people that were left stranded in the remote brush, struggling in the water, or trapped inside tractor-trailers.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents, working at times with the Border Patrol’s Border Search, Trauma and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) worked tirelessly to rescue these individuals, most of who were found exhausted and dehydrated by the time they arrived. Most of them were in need of further medical evaluation and treatment.
“The smugglers will leave these immigrants to die. Temperatures will only get hotter and they have to understand that it is a dangerous trek to enter this country illegally,” 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.
To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.
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.