Texas Border Business
EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol agents rescued six foreign nationals throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
Friday morning, the Kingsville station received information regarding a 911 call from a man claiming to be lost on a ranch near U.S. Highway 77. With the information provided (coordinates), agents responded to the location and after a brief search, located the Mexican national. Agents offered him medical attention, but he declined.
That same day, the Roma Police Department (PD) contacted the Rio Grande City station and advised them of a call they received from a pregnant female who was abandoned by a human smuggler. Roma PD provided the necessary information, and after a brief search of the area, agents located the Mexican female. Agents requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS) after the female appeared to be severely dehydrated, disoriented, and unable to speak. EMS arrived at the area and transported her to a medical facility for further evaluation.
Later that night, the Kingsville Border Patrol station received information obtained from a 911 call, regarding two lost men on the vast ranchlands of Brooks or Kenedy Counties near Highway 77. Kingsville agents along with an Air and Marine Operations helicopter responded to the location, encountering the two Mexican nationals approximately one hour later. A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician provided fluids intravenously to one of the men due to dehydration and body cramps. Agents transported both men to the station for further evaluation and processing.
The following day, the Hebbronville Border Patrol station contacted the Falfurrias station and advised of a 911 call that was received from a man claiming to be lost. The information provided revealed the caller to be near Encino, Texas. Agents responded to the area, and after a lengthy search, they located two Mexican nationals. Agents offered the men medical attention, but they declined.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry.