Border Patrol Rescues 3 Migrants Abandoned by Smugglers in South Texas

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents save life of migrant who was lost without food or water in summer heat. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector

The heat of the South Texas summer forces Border Patrol agents to carry out an increasing number of rescues for migrants abandoned by their human smugglers. Agents in the Laredo Sector found three in distress over the weekend.

Agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Border Search, Rescue, and Trauma (BORSTAR) team responded to a 911 call about a lost migrant who needed help after running out of water. The agents carried out a search and found the 28-year-old Guatemalan man during the peak of the afternoon heat on July 27, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.

The agents, who are trained to provide emergency medical assistance, determined that the migrant suffered from symptoms of dehydration. They immediately treated the man with intravenous fluids. The agents then determined the man required additional medical attention and arranged transportation to a nearby hospital.

Later that afternoon, agents responded to a second call about a lost migrant who also did not have food or water. BORSTAR agents quickly found the 34-year-old Mexican national and provided first aid. After stabilizing the migrant, agents determined he needed no further medical assistance and transported him to the station for processing on immigration violations.

Hebbronville Station agents received a 911 call about a woman lost on a ranch on July 28. The agents teamed up with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter aircrew to conduct a search for the missing woman who had been abandoned by human smugglers. The helicopter aircrew quickly found the woman and guided ground agents to the scene.

Agents transported the Honduran woman to the Hebbronville Station where an Emergency Medical Technician agent evaluated her condition. The agent determined that the woman was stable and did not need any additional medical attention. She will likely be processed for immigration violations.

At least 200 illegal immigrants have died along the southwest U.S.-Mexico border this year, Breitbart Texas reported. Of those, 116 of the bodies or remains (58 percent) were found in Texas.

“It is the false compassion of open borders that lead to the deaths of these illegal immigrants and other abuses we find out about,” Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez told Breitbart Texas in a recent telephone interview.

“Open borders policies are not compassionate public policy,” Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier told Breitbart Texas. “When we passively encourage illegal border crossing we are creating a human rights tragedy. These migrants are victimized repeatedly by bandits, human smuggling coyotes, and the harsh elements of this region.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTXGAB, and Facebook.

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