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Border Patrol Coordinates Bi-National Multiagency Efforts to Rescue Three Aliens Abandoned in the Desert

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station along with CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and Government of Mexico (GoM) agencies work in coordination to rescue three illegal aliens who were abandoned in the desert.

Special Operations Supervisor Jesus Mercado with Big Bend Sector’s International Liaison Unit said, “Thankfully, communications with Government of Mexico law enforcement agencies is real time and immediate, which allows us to rely on each other to prevent unnecessary casualties in the desert.”

On Tuesday at approximately 1 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol Big Bend Sector Headquarters was notified by the GoM of a 911 emergency call they had received.

As per GoM, three illegal aliens were requesting emergency assistance after being abandoned by their smuggling guide and becoming disoriented themselves as they attempted to further their illegal entry.

Subsequently, the Sierra Blanca Station deployed agents, Horse Patrol and an ATV Unit, along with a CBP AMO air asset to the subjects’ last known location.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., all three subjects were successfully rescued, offered medical assistance and secured without incident at their last known location.

The subjects were identified as two male and one female adult citizens of Guatemala. None of the subjects requested medical attention. They will be processed according to the applicable immigration laws.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents patrol 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas. The Sierra Blanca Station area of responsibility consists of more than half of Hudspeth County or about 2500 square miles. The station is responsible for 73 border miles between the U.S. and Mexico.

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