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The summer months are especially deadly for undocumented immigrants who cut through the desert to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

So far this year, 319 people have died, and many more have been rescued by specially trained teams of Border Patrol agents.

Border Patrol agents on all-terrain vehicles scour the desert in the heat of the day.

“I’ve seen guys walk 10 miles in this kind of weather ? agents ? and you’re pretty exhausted after this kind of heat,” Border Patrol agent Harold Loomus said.

The agents can cover more ground, more quickly on ATVs.

“We’re here to save lives and try to find as many people as possible. That’s our mission here,” Border Patrol agent Jose Bajarano said.

These agents are with the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team, BORSTAR for short. They’re specially trained to track lost immigrants and provide lifesaving medical treatment.

BORSTAR K-9 agent Gary Gualducci carries a heavy water pack when walking with his dog, Rudi, who is trained to both rescue people and recover bodies.

The border near Tucson, Ariz., remains the most treacherous area, keeping BORSTAR teams busy. Deaths of undocumented immigrants crossing the border are up in Arizona, but down in West Texas and New Mexico, since fewer people are crossing through this desert borderland.

It’s easy to see how someone could get lost. After awhile everything starts to look the same, and it doesn’t help if you’re dehydrated and disoriented.

Some immigrants are so afraid they’ll die in the desert, they pull out the cell phones they’re carrying and dial 911 for help ? and that help comes from the border patrol the immigrants risked their lives to elude.



1 Response to “BORSTAR Trained To Rescue Invaders From Summer Heat”

  1. 1 the marlboro man

    Well don/t know which way is NORTH!!! give them a bottle of water a one way compuse that points south!!!!!!!!!!BY=BY

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