MISSION, Texas – McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents encounter an adult female and her newborn in the brush near the Rio Grande.
Friday evening, MCS agents working in Mission, Texas, received information that a pregnant Honduran woman was in distress somewhere in the brush near the Rio Grande. Agents immediately responded to the area and initiated a search for the woman. As agents conducted their search, they received additional information that the woman had given birth.
A short time later, an agent found and confirmed the woman had given birth. The agent relayed his location and immediately requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Other agents arrived on scene including a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician who provided aid to the woman and child. The temperature near the Rio Grande felt even colder than the 30 degree weather experienced throughout the Rio Grande Valley last night. Agents wrapped the woman and child in Mylar blankets and placed them in a Border Patrol vehicle until EMS arrived on scene. The woman and baby were eventually turned over to EMS who transported the pair to a nearby hospital.
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
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.