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Speeches and Statements

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  • 12-14-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    The following statement pertains to a use of force incident which occurred on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at the San Ysidro, Calif., Port of Entry, along the border between San Diego and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  This information is based on a preliminary review by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

  • 11-16-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    The following statement pertains to a death that occurred in Sonoita, Ariz., on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.  This information is based on a preliminary review and may be corrected or updated in the future. 

  • 10-30-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    A U.S. Border Patrol camera operator observed three suspected migrants walking through a flat field approximately two and a half miles northeast of the Eagle Pass, Texas, Port of Entry on Oct. 28, 2021. Five Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station responded to the area in an attempt to locate the migrants.  At approximately 4:58 a.m.

  • 10-13-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 09-30-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.  

  • 09-24-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 09-24-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 09-21-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 09-14-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 09-09-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 09-05-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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. 

  • 09-04-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    On the morning of September 3, 2021, at approximately 6:00 AM, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the Laredo South U.S.

  • 09-03-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    On September 1, 2021, a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) assigned to the U.S.

  • 08-30-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    On August 27, 2021, at approximately 6:30 PM, Border Patrol Agents (BPAs) assigned to the U.S.

  • 08-28-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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…

  • 08-23-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-21-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-19-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-17-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-09-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-09-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-09-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-06-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 08-02-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    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.

  • 07-31-2021
    Speeches and Statements

    On July 31, 2021, at approximately 00:20 a.m., a Tucson Sector agent was involved in a head-on collision with a civilian motorist on State Route 86 near mile marker 128, outside of Sells, AZ.  Multiple emergency response agencies, including a life flight, were requested and responded to the scene.  A short time after the collision, both the agent and the sole occupant driver of the civilian vehicle were pronounced deceased. TOPD is leading the investigation into the accident. Further information to follow.