YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma and El Centro Border Patrol sectors held their annual Border Safety Initiative (BSI) event on June 1 to educate reporters on the dangers immigrants face when attempting to enter the United States illegally.
Since 1998, when the BSI initiative was created, the Border Patrol invites media to see how the Border Patrol trains and uses multiple resources to rescue illegal immigrants who fall victim to Yuma’s harsh desert. This year’s event was also attended by individuals from Mexico’s Centro de Comunicaciones, Computo, Control Y Comando (C4). In translation…Center for Communications, Calculations, Control and Command.
The event kicked off with a call for help through Yuma Sector’s dispatch concerning an individual in distress. BORSTAR then deployed with a canine team, ATVs and UTVs. Even C4 members and reporters pitched in to help BORSTAR track down the caller. It was ‘only’ 90 degrees when the event kicked off but everyone was reminded that temperatures can climb as high as 125, and averages 110 during the summer.
Once the patient was found, everyone watched and listened as BORSTAR agents relayed information to the on-sight commander. Finally, the patient was airlifted out and the event concluded with a short question and answer session.
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.