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May 14, 2014 1:51 PM by Faye DeHoff

Border Patrol agents rescue 2 undocumented immigrants

TUCSON - Two illegal immigrants in distress were rescued by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents Monday afternoon in the Ajo area.

At approximately 3 p.m., Ajo Station agents responded to a citizen's report that someone was lying on the side of State Route 85.

When agents arrived, they saw two individuals walking toward them. As they approached the agents, one of them collapsed and passed out. EMTs from the Border Patrol and Ajo Ambulance Service checked them out and determined both were suffering from dehydration and other heat-related ailments. Also, one was suffering from low blood sugar and convulsions. They were taken to West Valley and Banner Estrella Medical centers for treatment.

In a separate incident Saturday, agents from the Brian A. Terry Station rescued an illegal immigrant lost in the desert near Naco, Arizona. The woman called Mexican officials to ask for help after running out of water. Mexican officials then notified the Border Patrol station and agents searched the area and located her. No medical attention was required.

In the past seven months, Border Patrol agents have rescued 122 people throughout the Tucson Sector. As temperatures increase, risks associated with crossing the Sonoran Desert cannot be understated. Smugglers continue victimizing illegal immigrants by placing them in dangerous situations, including forcing them to carry narcotics, threatening them with violence and abandoning them in isolated desert terrain.

All people were apprehended for immigration violations and processed for removal proceedings in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

The Border Patrol, along with Customs and Border Protection, welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

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