TUCSON, Ariz.-Last Friday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aerial platform was key in locating a group of 57 Central American migrants in distress after attempting to illegally entering the U.S. between the ports of entry, through the scorching Arizona desert, west of Lukeville, Arizona.
Utilizing an aerial platform routinely used to detect illegal cross-border activity; AMO National Air Security Operations-Sierra Vista Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) aircrew, responding to the search effort, captured video of the group moments after they were encountered and provided medical attention.
Arizona's desert is a merciless environment for those unprepared for its remote, harsh terrain and unpredictable weather. The Border Patrol advises anyone in distress to call 9-1-1 or activate a rescue beacon as soon as possible.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations assets play a critical role alongside U.S. Border Patrol agents during enforcement and rescue operations throughout the southwest border.
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.