Honduran Migrant Dies in South Texas Despite Border Patrol Rescue

A Laredo Sector Border Patrol agent administers life-saving fluids to an illegal alien suffering from the Texas heat. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector)
File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Laredo Sector

A Honduran migrant died near the Rio Grande border between Mexico and Texas after he appeared to suffer from dehydration. His death followed efforts by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents to save him.

On October 29, Rio Grande City Station agents came upon a Honduran migrant near the border town of Roma, Texas, who appeared to be suffering symptoms of severe dehydration. The agents quickly called for assistance from Star County Emergency Medical Services.

Medical technicians provided emergency care and then transported the Honduran man to a local hospital for treatment and further evaluation.

Border Patrol officials later learned the man died from “respiratory cardiac arrest.” Officials did not disclose the migrant’s age.

Smugglers will frequently abandon their “human cargo” when a migrant becomes weak, dehydrated, overheated, injured, or otherwise cannot keep up with the group. Migrants will frequently wander for days in the arid South Texas climate until they are found by a Border Patrol agent or they succumb to the heat and lack of water.

During the first 10 months of 2018, at least 341 migrants died during or after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico, according to the International Organization of Migrant’s Missing Migrant Project.  This represents an increase of more than 15 percent over the same period in 2017 and a three percent increase over 2016 reports.

Of those 341 deceased migrants, more than 200 died in Texas.

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

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