SINTON, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 14 illegal immigrants who were confined in the back of a cargo truck Tuesday.
The immigrants, 12 of whom are from Mexico and two from El Salvador, were rescued after agents assigned to the Corpus Christi Station pulled the vehicle over. Once the vehicle stopped, the driver and two passengers jumped out and fled on foot. Agents opened the cargo area of the truck and rescued the immigrants from the unventilated, confined space from which they had no means of escape. Agents then offered the illegal immigrants medical assistance.
So far in fiscal year 2013, Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley have rescued more than 220 illegal immigrants whose lives were at risk due to a variety of circumstances. That number represents a nearly 170 percent increase in rescues compared to the same time period for fiscal year 2012. Agents have also found the remains of more than 50 illegal immigrants, an increase of more than 120 percent.
Unscrupulous human smugglers continue to prey on illegal immigrants and exploit them for profit. Human smugglers are ruthless criminals who view the immigrant not as a human being, but as cargo. Immigrants are urged not to put their safety at risk by illegally entering the United States or circumventing a checkpoint.
To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.
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. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.