On March 16, 2022, a U.S. Border Patrol Sector El Paso, Texas, remote video surveillance system operator notified Border Patrol agents that two undocumented migrants were climbing the international border barrier approximately four-tenths of a mile west of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Paso Del Norte port of entry in El Paso. A Border Patrol agent assigned to the El Paso Border Patrol Station responded and discovered a 31-year-old Mexican man conscious, but reportedly suffering from upper body and head injuries that he allegedly sustained in a fall from the international border barrier.
Border Patrol agents immediately requested medical assistance from a Border Patrol certified emergency medical technician. The Border Patrol EMT evaluated the man and requested emergency medical services through El Paso Station. A Border Patrol certified paramedic arrived on scene and rendered medical care until El Paso Fire Department paramedics arrived and transported the man to the University Medical Center in El Paso where the man was reportedly listed in critical condition.
The hospital doctors placed the man on life support on March 17 after arrival.
The hospital advised the U.S. Border Patrol that the man was removed from life support and doctors declared the man deceased on March 22.
This incident is being reviewed by the El Paso County Office of the Medical Examiner and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General was notified.