Migrant Rescues

3K Migrants Rescued from Human Smuggling Abuses in 2019, Say Feds

U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued and apprehended more than 3,000 migrants during Fiscal Year 2019 who were abused in the process of human smuggling operations in the U.S. Many migrants are extorted, raped, beaten, or placed in life-threatening situations during the human smuggling process.

Border Patrol agents rescue an illegal immigrant who fell victim to the Texas heat near the Rio Grande River. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Five Migrants near Death Rescued from California Desert

San Diego and El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents, CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrews teamed up to rescue five migrants facing death from heat and dehydration in the California Desert. The rescues occurred during two separate incidents in late August.

A San Diego Sector Air and Marine Operations aircrew and Border Patrol agents team up to rescue a migrant suffering from heat and dehydration. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/San Diego Sector)

Migrant Father, Child Rescued from Texas Border River

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brownsville Station teamed up with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations officers to rescue a migrant father and son when they became trapped in strong currents in the Rio Grande. The pair attempted to cross the river with a group of about 49 migrants.

Brownsville Station Border Patrol agents rescue a migrant father and his son from the swiftly moving currents in the Rio Grande. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Migrant Rescues Along Southwestern Border Top 3K in 2019

The ongoing crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico is causing a substantial increase in the number of migrant rescues carried out by Border Patrol agents this year. More than 3,000 rescues have occurred in the current year–many in conditions that put the agents’ lives at risk in the process.

Border Patrol agents rescue a Mexican migrant who broke his leg in a remote area of the Arizona desert. (File Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector)