EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials say that U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the El Paso Sector rescued seven migrants during separate events within a 48-hour period, between Tuesday and Thursday earlier this past week.

Officials say he first incident occurred Tuesday night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., when Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso Station found an adult male near the border barrier south of the Fonseca overpass on Cesar E. Chavez Border Highway.

As agents approached, it was apparent that the migrant had fallen off the barrier and sustained a head injury. A Border Patrol Agent certified as a paramedic began rendering aid as Emergency Medical Services were requested. Minutes later, El Paso Fire and EMS arrived on scene, performed an initial medical evaluation, and transported the man to a local hospital for medical care.

Another border barrier rescue occurred the following evening, by Ysleta agents, when a migrant was
found with visible lacerations to his head.

A Border Patrol Agent Emergency Medical Technician(EMT) arrived on-scene to render aid and determined that migrant needed further medical treatment and transported to a local hospital.

Critical lifesaving rescues continued on Wednesday morning, at about 7:30 a.m., Border Patrol
Agents assigned to the Santa Teresa Station, along with agents of the El Paso Sector Border Patrol
Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR), responded to a call from 911 advising of two migrants in
distress. Border Patrol Agents encountered two females west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

Transnational Criminal Organizations endanger migrants every day. Had it not been for the rapid medical response and rescue efforts of our Border
Patrol Agents, these migrants would have faced an uncertain outcome. I’m extremely proud of our
Border Patrol Agents who everyday demonstrate tremendous compassion and life-saving skill in the
performance of their duties.


One of the migrants was found in “severe medical distress” and required EMS support. BORSTAR agents were able to stabilize the migrant and carried her on a stretcher to an awaiting Native Air medical
helicopter for transport to a local hospital for treatment.

The fourth incident occurred Wednesday night, as El Paso Sector BORSTAR agents found a group of six
migrants. Within the group, a female migrant said that she was unable to walk and complained of
severe pain in her right ankle.

BORSTAR EMT trained personnel provided immediate medical attention and transferred the female to a local hospital for treatment after diagnosing a possible broken ankle.

The fifth incident happened Thursday night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., after agents from the Santa Teresa Station were notified by 911 of two lost subjects in the remote desert between Columbus and the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

With U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso Air Branch aircraft assistance, agents found two people severely dehydrated. The migrants said they had not had food or water in over 24-hours. Both migrants were provided with immediate medical attention.

Medically trained specialty units like BORSTAR and our Border Patrol EMTs along with the use of
technology, are vital resources used to preserve life, providing a rapid response and assistance to people
in distress.

Since Fiscal Year 2022 began, El Paso Sector agents have performed 165 rescues.

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