A powerful picture posted to Twitter on Thursday shows a Border Patrol agent carrying an injured illegal immigrant to safety during an operation along the United States-Mexico border.
The photo was posted by Brian Hastings, the chief Border Patrol agent for Texas‘ Rio Grande Valley neighborhood, which has been inundated in recent months with an influx of illegal immigrants.
He said the man had suffered an injury, and a special operations officer was carrying her out of the brush and muddy terrain.
A photo posted to Twitter on Thursday shows a Border Patrol officer slogging through muddy terrain with an undocumented immigrant over his shoulder as he tried to get him to safety
The photo was posted by Brian Hastings, who said the migrant suffered an injury while being smuggled into the United States
The picture is reminiscent of a video last month that showed another Border Patrol officer carry a migrant on his back after the woman sustained a sprained ankle while trying to cross the border.
The 40-year-old woman’s illegal journey over the international border line unraveled the morning of June 14 when she got lost in the Jacumba Wilderness region in California, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
The woman alerted Mexico’s C5 hotline, the equivalent of 911 in the US, to request help at 7.45am.
Mexican authorities subsequently contact the US Border Patrol El Centro Sector, which was able to track the injured woman’s location via her GPS and eventually located her at 10.22am.
After diagnosing the woman with a sprained ankle, one of the Border Patrol agents carried her away and made sure to balance himself as he walked through the rocky terrain, as seen on a video released by CBP on Sunday. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
It is reminiscent of a video last month that showed another Border Patrol officer carrying an injured female migrant who sustained a sprained ankle when she tried to cross the border
United States Customs and Border Protection officials said in their June update that the agency had carried out 7,084 of these types of rescues nationwide between the beginning of October 2020 through the end of May.
Of those rescues, 97.4 percent took place along the United States-Mexico border.
By comparison, the New York Post reports, agents carried out a total of 5,255 rescues nationwide in all of 2020 and 5,297 in 2019.
Border Patrol agents have also rescued a number of children who have been dumped over the border, according to FOX News.
And just last week agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector announced they had rescued a woman who said she had escaped from her attacker – a smuggler who separated her from her family, forced her to the ground and pulled off her clothes.
Border crossings in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas have been spiking in recent months
Border Patrol agents stopped 180,034 migrants in May along the southwestern border
Meanwhile, in Laredo, Texas, Border Patrol officials announced on Thursday they had discovered more than 70 undocumented immigrants being held in ‘stash houses.’
They said they uncovered the first ‘stash house’ Monday evening after receiving a tip from the Laredo Police Department, and when they arrived at the scene thy found more than 40 undocumented immigrants crammed into the house from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
More than 30 others were discovered in a second stash house on Tuesday afternoon, Newsweek reports.
The stash houses are used to temporarily house migrants after they are smuggled across the border, often in cramped quarters with potentially life-threatening living conditions.
The agency said it has carried out 7,084 rescues for people trying to cross the border
According to the CBP, 103 of 397 of these stash houses found in the United States between October 2019 and October 2020 were discovered in Laredo, Texas.
‘The use of stash houses by criminal organizations continues to be a threat to national security and to the citizens of our Nation,’ CBP wrote in a statement, ‘ but they are also a danger to the people they exploit by concealing them in dilapidated close quarters.’
Last week, Newsweek reports, agents in El Paso also discovered two other stash houses containing 65 migrants as part of the Border Patrol’s effort ‘to disrupt human smuggling by transnational criminal organizations in our region,’ according to El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez.
‘We will continue to work together with other agencies to rescue these migrants from these deplorable living conditions where they are held for long periods of time.’
The migrants found in El Paso were all deported back to Mexico.
This chart shows how 2021 border crossings – pictured in blue – rocketed on crossings made in 2020, represented by the brown line (2018 is pictured in gray, with 2019 in orange)
A CBP monthly report released June 10 showed that Border Patrol agents stopped 180,034 migrants in May along the southwestern border, a slight increase from 178,854 the prior month, with the increase driven largely by single adults.
From March to May more than 530,000 people were apprehended and pushed back into Mexico after attempting to cross without legal immigration documents.
Encounters with unlawful border crossers at the United State-Mexico border were at a low of 17,106 in April 2020 before increasing during President Donald Trump’s last eight full months in office. The numbers of encounters at the southwestern border increased during President Biden’s first four months at the White House.
In two separate polls over the last few weeks, Biden and Kamala Harris both earned only 33 per cent approval when it comes to their handling of the southern border crisis.
Biden put his vice president in charge of the crisis in March, and since then Harris has garnered intense backlash from those who claim she isn’t doing enough.
In early June, Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico to address ‘root causes,’ but was criticized by those on both sides of the political aisle – from progressives for claiming the border is ‘closed’ and for Republicans for refusing to visit the border.
On June 25, Harris finally caved to pressure and visited El Paso, Texas – a border town with Mexico.
Republicans were still perturbed, however, because she didn’t visit ‘ground zero’ of the migration crisis in the Rio Grande Valley.