Border Patrol agents in South and West Texas continue to rescue migrants as human smugglers push them across the border during the record winter freeze.
“Big Bend Sector Border Patrol Agents have risked their own lives in the on-going effort to patrol the sector despite the winter weather,” Border Patrol officials said in a written statement. “Agents have successfully rescued over 200 people in recent days from dangerous conditions in the area, saving life and limb.”
Officials said 10 migrants were admitted to regional hospitals due to exposure, frostbite, and other serious medical conditions.
“Many people rescued by Big Bend Sector agents were found to have been abandoned by alien smugglers with some calling 911 operators seeking help or flagging down motorists as they reached area highways,” officials stated. “Family members have reported their loved-ones missing to Border Patrol resulting in additional searches and lives saved.”
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