San Luis, Ariz. - A 21-year-old woman entering the United States Thanksgiving Day barely made it to the port before giving birth at the international border.
Upon entering the port Nov. 22, the woman said she needed medical assistance and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers immediately rendered aid. Officers called the San Luis Fire Department, but the baby apparently was unwilling to wait. Within minutes, the woman went into labor and a CBP female officer assisted the woman with the delivery of her baby boy until paramedics arrived and took over.
The mother and child were transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center for further evaluation.
"This was probably the scariest but yet rewarding and amazing experience of my life," said the CBP officer who helped deliver the baby.
CBP officers working Arizona's ports of entry are assigned to Tucson's Office of Field Operations and are responsible for securing the nation's borders. Although their primary mission is anti-terrorism, they must screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the U.S. while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related duties such as narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration law; protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases; and enforcing trade laws.
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.