Wednesday, January 27, 2016
U.S. Border Patrol agents working along Arizona’s border with Mexico stepped up their campaign in fiscal year 2015 to save distressed migrants while giving them options to call for help. As a result, agents report finding fewer deceased migrants as calls for assistance hit new highs.Since March 2015, CBP's Joint Intelligence and Operations Center coordinates responses to 911 calls from migrants. To sum it up, the JIOC assists emergency dispatchers in Pima, Maricopa Pinal, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties to facilitate getting in touch with Border Patrol.
Migrants are being encouraged to call 911 before their situation becomes an emergency. The sooner they call, the faster CBP resources can respond. Dehydration, injury or hypothermia can quickly become critical without proper care.The Pima County Office of Medical Examiner counted the remains of 129 undocumented migrants in 2014—the majority from Mexico and Guatemala. And as of Dec. 31, 2014, more than 800 bodies under the medical examiner's custody remain unidentified.