Earlier last year, while Texas Border Patrol agents were searching for an international reporter as the most remote area on the entire southwestern border, one of the group noticed a man sitting in a notebook hiding behind a brush.
Petro Diego-Francisco, an immigrant from Guatemala, stayed there for three days, falling to a temperature of 18 degrees at night. A smuggler brought him and other immigrants to secluded land on their way to the United States, but the whole group left Diego-Francisco after a leg injury.
According to a statement from Border Patrol, he tried and wore every garment he had on hand to keep warm.
When agents took Diego-Francisco to safety, they said he had declared in Spanish, They saved my life. God will repay them. I thought I would die.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas said the bracket-like stories are becoming commonplace in the United States for the week when most people were stopped by Border Patrol on the southwestern border.
National attention has recently turned more attention to the record number of unaccompanied children detained at the southwestern border, but this is only part of the growing fatality that current and former law enforcement officials have described to ABC News.
These people are frustrated, said Jeff Self, a recently retired border patrol agent, about immigrants seeking to enter the United States. If I couldn’t say I live in El Salvador or Central I wouldn’t do the same thing American countries have to deal with corruption, poverty and violence.
In reality, this reality is not enough to drive immigrants out of their homes. Last year, two devastating cyclones in Central America wreaked havoc and made life worse, with more children and families fleeing, Mayorcas said.
This translates into something more to raise fears at the border. Search and rescue missions conducted by Border Patrol agents in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California have nearly doubled.
In 2012 and 2020, the U.S. Border Patrol conducted about 5,000 rescue operations each year. In just five months, agents have managed about 4,000 people.
Current and former law enforcement officials say the spike refers to how frustrated smugglers can be but how this risk is still valuable to so many at-risk immigrants.
Border patrols have been portrayed as insensitive to broadband, as if we had no idea why they were fleeing their country, said Self, a 13-year-old senior Border Patrol agent in Washington, Texas and Arizona. Humanity
On Wednesday, Border Patrol agents in Las Cruces, New Mexico, rescued a man in a serious crisis after he was abandoned in the desert by human traffickers, according to a statement from the agency. The man was found to be distant and hostile to a Border Patrol agent. He had to be taken to a dirt road so that an ambulance could take him to the local hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition.
[T] His case is probably ruined, Gloria Chavez, chief patrol agent in the El Paso sector, said in a statement. Again, [the cartels] harmed another person after the smuggling and later left him in the remote wilderness.
Three weeks ago, Border Patrol agents from Van Horn Station in Texas rescued a woman who had been lying dead for nearly a week in the middle of a winter storm that paralyzed most of the state’s electrical grid. He was suffering from hypothermia and severe snowfall, according to a company statement.
Also last month, a Border Patrol agent in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, carried an unresponsive woman in her car for about half a mile in winter temperatures to take her to a local hospital. He later tested positive for Cavid-19, proving another threat to border agents.