Nogales, Ariz. - A young woman received unexpected but necessary assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers early Monday when she attempted to enter the United States through the Morley pedestrian gate.
The 19-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the Morley gate in the arms of a male subject who told officers the woman was in labor. CBP officers reacted quickly and assisted with the delivery until EMS personnel arrived from the Nogales Fire Department. After medics examined the mother and newborn, they were taken to Carondelet Holy Cross Medical Center.
This was the second time in less than a week that a baby was born at an Arizona port. On Sept. 28, a CBP supervisor at the Douglas Port assisted in the delivery of a child.
Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases. Delivering babies is an additional duty most CBP officers would prefer were handled by hospital staff.
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.