Tucson, Ariz. - In ten separate incidents over the weekend, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a total of 25 individuals suffering from varying states of dehydration. Twenty-three individuals were Mexican nationals and two were Guatemalan citizens who were all illegally present in the U.S.
In an incident on Friday, agents from the Tucson Sector Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit responded to an emergency call from four illegal aliens in distress near Big Fields, Ariz. When agents arrived on scene, they discovered a 33-year-old Mexican man going in and out of consciousness. He was stabilized and transported to a local hospital for treatment. BORSTAR agents treated the other three Mexican males at the scene for dehydration before taking them into custody and transporting them for processing.
In an incident on Saturday, a citizen called to report an illegal alien who appeared to be in distress. A Casa Grande agent trained as an emergency medical technician responded and encountered a 27-year-old Guatemalan man suffering from severe dehydration. The man was stabilized and transported to a hospital for treatment.
As the temperatures rise, the Border Patrol is stressing the hazards faced when attempting to cross the Sonora Desert through its dangerous conditions along with the legal consequences faced upon apprehension. Smugglers continue to put lives in danger by leading them through the harsh desert terrain, often abandoning them when they are physically unable to continue. In addition, those who cross illegally face legal consequences.
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.