Sierra Blanca, a town found in Far West Texas, sits under a 7,000 foot tall mountain and is surrounded by desert terrain. On Monday, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station saved 3 illegal aliens lost in the desert.
Initially, the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting two women and a man in need of urgent assistance. In addition to that report, the Sheriff’s Office also received reports from the Government of Mexico about the troubled group. After receiving word from the Sheriff’s office, Border Patrol Agents responded.
They set out to find the group with the help of CBP Air and Marine Operations and the Texas Department of Public Safety. They located the three subjects, including one who was pregnant, and rescued them.
There is no word as to what the rescue cost, but in 2015, KVIA reported that in El Paso, TX, the average bill for stranded or hurt residents in need of mountain rescue was more than $5,400. Some Americans in other parts of the country who have been rescued during excursions gone wrong have received bills as high as $9,300 for efforts made on their behalf.
Provided they are deported, the rescue may still save taxpayers money in the long run. A recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds the fiscal impact of each illegal border crosser to be a net drain of $74,722 to the economy. That’s per successful illegal crosser.
In Sierra Blanca, agents are gearing up for more rescues over the summer as they patrol the 510 mile southwestern border where the high temperatures and rugged terrain make for treacherous crossings.
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