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El Salvadorian migrant found in medical distress

Release Date: 
August 9, 2021

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.

A BPA emergency medical technician arrived at that location and conducted an initial assessment of the El Salvadorian man.  Shortly thereafter, Starr County Memorial EMS arrived and transported the man to the Starr County Memorial Hospital where he was admitted for severe dehydration.

On August 6, 2021, the El Salvadorian man succumbed to his ailments and was pronounced deceased by medical personnel while under hospital watch by CBP.

This incident is being reviewed by the Starr County Justice of the Peace’s Office and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility.  The DHS Office of Inspector General was also notified of the incident.


Last modified: 
September 15, 2021