Migrant Rescues Increase as Apprehensions Spike Along Southwest Border

Lordsburg Station Border Patrol Agents Rescue and Abandoned Migrant. (U.S. Border Patrol/E
U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector

Border Patrol agents report increasing rescues as the number of migrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico increases. Officials cite soaring temperatures as a reason for the spike in rescues.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens tweeted photos from a series of photos from migrant rescues carried out on August 3. Owens illustrated the rough terrains Border Patrol agents have to work in as they carry out the rescues of migrants.

Owens added that the U.S. Border Patrol has more than 1,300 agents trained as Emergency Medical Technicians. This includes members of the elite Border Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents.


Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Juan Bernal tweeted photos of BORSTAR agents rescuing two migrants who collapsed under the stress of extreme heat in the region.

Two more migrants had to be rescued in the Del Rio Sector after they sustained head injuries after being pushed from moving train.

Agents in the El Paso Sector had to carry an abandoned migrant out of Charity Canyon in Cloverdale, New Mexico, El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony “Scott” Good tweeted.

Tucson Sector Chief John Modlin tweeted on August 4 that his agents carried out 43 rescues during the previous week.

One such rescue took place on in late July when BORSTAR and Three Points Station agents rescued a migrant suffering seizures due to heat-related injuries.

Between October 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, Border Patrol agents rescued 25,735 migrants along the southwest border with Mexico, according to the latest information available from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This compares to 22,075 for all of FY22 and 12,933 for FY21.

During FY 2020, President Donald Trump’s last year in office, agents carried out 5,071 migrant rescues, the report reveals. The need for migrant rescues increased by more than 400 percent during the two-and-one-half years of President Joe Biden’s term of office.

Bob Price is the Breitbart Texas-Border team’s associate editor and senior news contributor. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.


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