Two young children suffering from heat-related illness were rescued Monday by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Weslaco Station.
On Monday afternoon, agents found a group of immigrants near Hidalgo. In the group was an unaccompanied nine-year-old boy who was having trouble breathing and a five-month-old baby, traveling with his mother, who appeared to be suffering from a heat-related illness as well. Both children were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
The infant was treated and released from the hospital. The unaccompanied nine-year-old remains in the hospital for more treatment.
“There are the horrifying dynamics that come with crossing the border into the United States and these vulnerable children, some too young to even walk or talk are risking their lives without a parent or guardian. It’s sad and entering illegally is extremely dangerous,” said Acting Patrol Agent-in-Charge Jesse Jimenez. “The high humidity and consistent heat, combined with rugged terrain, can rapidly cause an individual to become distressed and die from dehydration, exertion or weather-related illnesses. Immigrants are urged not to put their safety at risk by illegally entering the United States or attempting to circumvent a checkpoint.”