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Press Release – Double Amputee among other special needs cases rescued from Rio Grande

In three different illegal immigration cases never before seen U.S. Border Patrol agents, assigned to the Eagle Pass Station encountered three subjects this week, each with unique special needs due to mental or physical limitations.

Agents rescued a double amputee from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande.

Agents rescued a double amputee from an island in the middle of the Rio Grande.

“The current humanitarian crisis on the border is stressing our immigration system,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez. “Our stations and processing centers were never designed to handle the current demographics of families and medical cases that we are experiencing. Our agents treat each person with humanity and compassion while enforcing the immigration laws and protecting the country.”

On March 20, agents from the Eagle Pass Station marine unit observed a single male in a wheelchair stranded on an island in the center of the Rio Grande River. Agents responded and determined the subject was a 37-year-old male Guatemalan national. The man is a double amputee who claimed he crossed to the island on his own but was unable to continue the crossing. He was determined to be illegally present in the United States and was assisted to the U.S. shore.

On March 19, a 41-year-old Honduran male was apprehended crossing the Rio Grande. Agents quickly realized that he could neither hear nor speak, making communication a challenge.

On March 18, a 36-year-old Honduran female was arrested entering the United States illegally with her step-brother. She was found to have a mental impairment that causes her or to become agitated and inconsolable. The female was calmed by her step-brother, so processing could be completed.

All subjects were offered and received medical attention as appropriate and were processed in accordance with CBP Guidelines which includes suitable placement.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

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