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Border Patrol rescues 12 immigrants near Sarita [South Texas]
Caller-Times ^ | May 19, 2006 | Adriana Garza

Posted on 05/19/2006 1:26:44 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

Smuggler abandoned the multinational party

ARMSTRONG - Twelve undocumented immigrants abandoned by a smuggler and left to wander for four days through brush without food or water were rescued by Border Patrol agents Thursday.

Border Patrol agents in Kleberg County said they found the 12 immigrants after 4 p.m. near a windmill one mile south of the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint, on land belonging to the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation.

The search, which encompassed a 40-mile-long stretch on either side of U.S. 77 and involved a Coast Guard helicopter, began at about 10 a.m. after Kenedy County officials received a 911 distress call from one of the immigrants who had a cell phone.

Officials were told the group's smuggler had abandoned them while they were sleeping four days earlier, and they had been without food for three days and without water for 2 1/2 days. The group also included two pregnant women and two children.

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol spokesman Roy Cervantes said the caller made several more calls to 911 indicating he had tied a blue shirt and red shirt to a windmill to signal agents of the group's location. Agents also were able to secure a warrant for the cell phone number through the U.S. Attorney's Office, which allowed them to narrow the search area by pinpointing the cell tower nearest their phone.

After the rescue, the immigrants, who were from El Salvador, Mexico and Romania and ranged in age from 14 to 32, were taken to the Sarita checkpoint, where medics assessed their conditions. Cervantes said they were traumatized and dehydrated, but otherwise OK. Temperatures reached the mid-90s across the Coastal Bend on Thursday.

Cervantes said that had the group not had the cell phone, the immigrants might have died.

Officials plan to interview the group and hope to learn details about the smugglers and where they crossed the border. They will then be deported.

Early indications are that the Romanians were headed to New York and the others were going to Houston and Los Angeles, according to Cervantes.

Jose Vicente Rodriguez, also with the Border Patrol in the valley, said rescues like Thursday's speak to smugglers' motivation.

"The kind of people that do this, it just shows you how little regard they have for human life," he said.

So far this year, the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol has logged more than 350 rescues. Last year, they oversaw 159 rescues.

Cervantes said the spike in rescues is primarily the result of the large number of immigrants being found hidden in vehicles, which is the direct result of a Border Patrol crackdown on backcountry smuggling. That crackdown forced smugglers to revert back to highway smuggling.

Contact Adriana Garza at 886-3618 or HYPERLINK

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; bush; elsalvador; hr4437; mexico; romania
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To: SwinneySwitch
Today's vote
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 3979 to S. 2611
Statement of Purpose: To increase the amount of fencing and improve vehicle barriers installed along the southwest border of the United States.
Vote Counts: YEAs 83 .. NAYs 16 .. Not Voting 1

Here are the extremists and traitors: NAYs: ---16

Akaka (D-HI)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murray (D-WA)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)

21 posted on 05/19/2006 2:58:02 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: SwinneySwitch

If the desert had swallowed them up it would have been fine by me. They are invaders. I have no compassion for invaders.

22 posted on 05/19/2006 5:03:49 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: SwinneySwitch
He's fortunate his cell phone worked. There are lots of dead spots out there. Maybe not for 911 calls though.
23 posted on 05/19/2006 8:34:23 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: FearlessFreep

Thet spent months in a tanning bed in order to fit in. They probably owned the cell phone also. (wonder if they had to pay roaming charges?)

24 posted on 05/20/2006 4:42:34 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: SwinneySwitch
What the Hell is the Border Patrol doing "rescuing" people?

Let's leave that for the ACLU.

25 posted on 05/20/2006 6:18:52 AM PDT by Ed_in_NJ (Who killed Suzanne Coleman?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I understand south americans crossing the southern border, but if you flew over from Romania to sneak into the US...why not fly into Canada, and sneak across.

26 posted on 05/20/2006 12:32:49 PM PDT by Katya (I)
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To: MizSterious
Like minds, these illegals have some cajones, cell phoning their way to freedom,potential anchor babies along for the ride, lets send Vicente the bills for their rescue. Maybe his petro/narco employers will pay up for a change.
27 posted on 05/20/2006 3:42:02 PM PDT by rodguy911 (support the new Media, ticket the drive-bys)
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To: Katya

Don't know, but they are catching a lot more Chinese illegals in S. Texas too. In the first part of May, 3 Iraqis were caught after they swam across the Rio Grande!

28 posted on 05/21/2006 4:01:45 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

No matter what other "reasons" Bush gives for putting the interests of Mexico over that of the American people,

"...3 Iraqis were caught after they swam across the Rio Grande!"

This is how he practices Homeland Insecurity. Incredible.

29 posted on 05/21/2006 4:19:04 PM PDT by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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