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On Oct. 6, 2021, at approximately 11:24 p.m., personnel at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Kingsville, TX, were contacted by an anonymous caller who reported an individual lying in a field who may have been bitten by a spider. The caller provided GPS coordinates for the individual’s location. Border Patrol Agents responded to the area in search of the individual. On Oct. 7, 2021, at approximately 12:50 a.m., Border Patrol Agents located an unresponsive citizen of Honduras. Border Patrol Agents immediately requested Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Services.
A Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States and citizen of Bosnia arrived with his wife at the Washington-Dulles Airport Port of Entry from Vienna, Austria, on September 27. The couple was admitted into the U.S. and then selected for a random agriculture inspection. The man collapsed onto the floor during the inspection and was unresponsive.
Personnel at the U.S. Border Patrol Laredo South Station were notified by Laredo Sector Communications of a 911 call placed by an undocumented migrant at about 1:00 p.m. on September 20, 2021. The undocumented migrant, a citizen of Mexico, indicated he was lost and in medical distress. During a subsequent call from the man, Border Patrol Agents were able to obtain coordinates that placed him in a remote area, approximately 10 miles southwest of Aguilares, Texas. Border Patrol Agents responded to the area and began to search for the man.
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas - Border Patrol Agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Station in Rio Grande City, Texas, encountered a large group of migrants approximately nine and one quarter miles southeast of the Rio Grande City Port of Entry at approximately 2:30 a.m. on September 20, 2021. The migrants turned themselves in to the agents after crossing the Rio Grande River. The Border Patrol Agents escorted the group to a nearby unimproved roadway to field process the group.
A Border Patrol Agent assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Checkpoint in Deming, N.M., reported a black Acura SUV had circumvented the checkpoint and was traveling northbound on Highway 11 at approximately 12:36 p.m. on September 18, 2021. A Border Patrol Agent assigned to the checkpoint then traveled northbound in a Border Patrol vehicle to catch up to the SUV while another Border Patrol Agent in a different Border Patrol vehicle also attempted to locate the vehicle.
On September 9, 2021, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Deming Station was notified of a 911 call from an individual stating he and another individual, who was in medical distress, were lost in the desert. Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) responded to the GPS coordinates obtained by the 911 telephone call and located the undocumented migrant who placed the call approximately eight and half miles northeast of the Port of Entry in Columbus, N.M. BPAs were then led to another undocumented migrant, a male citizen of Mexico, who was in severe medical distress.
On September 3, 2021, a Border Patrol camera operator observed a migrant, later identified as a male citizen of Mexico, fall from the International Border Barrier approximately one-half mile west of the Calexico, CA, Port of Entry. Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) responded to the scene and discovered the man sustained an injury to his left leg. BPAs notified the Calexico Fire Department, which responded to the scene and transported the man to a hospital in El Centro, CA. The man was later transferred to a hospital in San Diego, CA.
On September 2, 2021, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a U.S. Border Patrol Agent responded to a report of a group of twelve suspected undocumented migrants walking in the desert south of Interstate 10 near Van Horn, Texas. BPAs responded and attempted to track the group as they walked in a northerly direction towards I-10. Approximately one hour after the initial report, BPAs located the group as they emerged from the brush and crossed a fence line, at which point, agents began pursuing the group on foot as they approached I-10.
On the morning of September 3, 2021, at approximately 6:00 AM, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the Laredo South U.S.
On September 1, 2021, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the U.S.
On August 27, 2021, at approximately 6:30 PM, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the U.S.
On August 25, 2021, a Texas Department of Public Safety (TX DPS) Trooper was patrolling near County Road 214 (CO 214), approximately two miles west of Falfurrias, TX. The TX DPS Trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to yield. The TX DPS Trooper pursued the vehicle southbound on Highway 281 and was joined by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). The BCSO subsequently requested assistance from the United States Border Patrol (USBP). Approximately four miles south of Falfurrias, TX, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the Falfurrias USBP Sta
On August 21, 2021, at approximately 4:30 AM, a Border Patrol Agent assigned to the McAllen Station observed several suspected undocumented migrants running away from the border after having climbed over a levee wall approximately 1,000 feet into the United States in an area one-half mile northwest of the McAllen-Hidalgo International Port of Entry. The local area is protected by a levee wall that separates the flood plain along the river from the city of Hidalgo, Texas.
On August 15, 2021, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the Yuma Border Patrol Station apprehended a group of 27 migrants approximately 1000 feet from the United States-Mexico border near County 8 ½ and Salinity Canal in Yuma, AZ. The BPAs noticed one of the migrants, a male Nicaraguan citizen, was exhibiting signs of heat-related distress. The BPAs requested medical assistance from a local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provider.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – On August 18, 2021, at approximately 8:17 p.m. MDT, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the Alamogordo, N.M., U.S.
On August 3, 2021, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the Las Cruces, NM, U.S. Border Patrol Station (USBP) was patrolling near a remote area on New Mexico State Road 185 (NMSR 185), approximately six miles south of a USBP checkpoint. The BPA observed a Ford Expedition traveling northbound.
On August 7, 2021, at approximately 7:09 PM, a Jeep Liberty fled eastbound on State Road 86 (SR 86) after circumventing the primary inspection area of the U.S.
On August 5, 2021, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) responded to reported migrant traffic in a rural area approximately three miles southeast of Rio Grande City, TX, and approximately less than a mile north of the United States - Mexico border. BPAs arrived at the location and discovered a male citizen from El Salvador in medical distress. The BPAs immediately requested emergency medical services (EMS). Due to the remoteness of the location where BPAs discovered the man, they transported him to a nearby location that was more easily accessible to EMS.
The following statement pertains to an in-custody death that occurred near Eagle Pass, TX, on Monday, August 2, 2021. This information is based on a preliminary review and may be corrected or updated in the future. Additional information may also be released by other agencies investigating this incident.
On July 24, 2021, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the Harlingen, Texas, Border Patrol station apprehended two undocumented migrants near Highway 77. One of the migrants, a citizen of Honduras, told the BPAs he was not feeling well and displayed flu-like symptoms. The man was evaluated by a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician and was admitted to a hospital in Kingsville, TX, that day. On July 31, 2021, the man was pronounced deceased by hospital personnel.
On June 30, 2021, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) encountered a male citizen of Mexico in medical distress, after being flagged down by an individual on Indian Service Route 2 (ISR2) near Vamori, AZ. The BPA requested a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), however, the man’s condition worsened. Due to weather concerns, an air ambulance was unable to respond to the location. BPAs from the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue Team (BORSTAR) arrived and transported the man to an adequate helicopter landing zone in Vamori, AZ. From there, the man was transported via CBP helicopte
On July 25, 2021, at approximately 6:30 p.m, a Border Patrol camera operator observed several individuals crossing the international border fence, approximately one and a half miles west of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Two Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) approached the area in marked Border Patrol vehicles from the west between the primary and secondary border fences, and a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent (SBPA) approached from the east. The first BPA that arrived in the area observed an individual near the base of the secondary fence. As he was placing that individual into custody, he heard
On June 16, 2021, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the Brownsville Station were notified of a person falling from the International Boundary Fence, approximately two and a half miles west of the Gateway International Port of Entry in Brownsville, TX. BPAs responded to the location and found a male Mexican national, lying on the ground with a significant injury to his lower leg. The BPAs immediately requested emergency medical services (EMS).
On April 11, 2021, a civilian notified Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to Hebbronville, TX, of a vehicle suspected of being involved in human smuggling activities. BPAs subsequently located the vehicle which was reportedly driving erratically and violating traffic laws in an apparent attempt to leave the area as quickly as possible.
On June 7, 2021, a Border Patrol camera observed a group of suspected migrants walking in a remote and mountainous area southeast of Arivaca, AZ. U.S. Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) responded to the area. A couple hours later, one of the BPAs returned to his vehicle and the other BPA continued to search for the group. As the BPA was walking down the side of a hill with multiple descending rockfaces separated by steep terrain, he encountered and detained one migrant, while other migrants fled the area. The BPA determined two of the migrants fell off a nearby rockface.