EL CENTRO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector responded to an incident involving two men who had crossed into the country illegally on Friday afternoon.
On July 6, at around 4:30 p.m., agents observed an individual walking north near Highway 98. When the agents encountered the man he immediately informed agents that he and his cousin was in dire need of medical assistance.
The man informed Border Patrol agents that he and his cousin were being smuggled into the country illegally and was abandoned by smugglers.
Border Patrol agents conducted a search and located a distressed man about fifteen minutes later. Agents quickly rendered first aid to the man and requested Emergency Medical Services.
Local first responders, including firefighters and paramedics, arrived on scene. Medical personnel treated the distressed and unconscious man for heat-related issues but were unable to revive him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“An incident such as this clearly demonstrates how little regard smugglers have for human life,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim, “Smugglers always put profit before human life and unfortunately the people who trust them with their safety are often mislead.”
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.