CALEXICO, CALIF.—On July 23, Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector encountered five suspected illegal aliens in the Yuha Desert approximately 17 miles west of Calexico, Calif. suffering from heat related symptoms.
At the time of their arrest, at approximately 4 p.m., one of the individuals was on the phone with 911 dispatchers requesting an ambulance. Border Patrol agents on the scene observed a 34-year-old female member of the group suffering from heat exhaustion and provided assistance. Soon after Imperial County Fire Department and the Gold Cross ambulance service responded to the area. REACH emergency medical flight service was contacted by the fire department and air lifted the woman to a hospital in San Diego, Calif. She is currently listed in critical condition.
The four other individuals of ages 34, 30, 15, and 12, were transported to a local area hospital. Three of the individuals were treated and released into the custody of the Border Patrol and one remains hospitalized.
This incident highlights the dangers of attempting to enter the United States illegally. It serves as a reminder that high summer temperatures combined with the remote and rugged desert environment can be extremely dangerous. This further exemplifies the efforts Border Patrol agents undertake to preserve human life in the course of their duties.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
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.