A border patrol rescue beacon/antenna beside a highway in the New Mexico desert
Photo courtesy U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol to deploy rescue beacons throughout West Texas and New Mexico

Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector announced that they are providing additional opportunities for migrants in distress to be rescued before it’s too late, with the deployment of rescue beacons in the Lordsburg, N.M. area this month.

“The El Paso Sector Border Patrol continues to proactively collaborate with our Non-Governmental Organizational and third-party partners to support humanitarian efforts,” said El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez. “These rescue beacons will help Border Patrol Agents and our law enforcement partners to more quickly facilitate the rescue of missing and endangered migrants resulting in lives saved.”

The El Paso Sector is working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), agencies at the federal, state and county level, as well as with foreign government partners to set up the equipment in remote areas where migrants may be in distress due to exposure to the elements.

These dangers include rough terrain, wild animals, and the extreme temperatures in the desert and mountains. This humanitarian effort is being done to prevent the loss of life.

El Paso Sector will deploy 15 rescue beacons in strategic areas throughout West Texas and Southern New Mexico. These high traffic areas are located within high-risk areas where migrants attempt to illegally cross into the United States.

The inhospitable terrain in these areas has little to no access to emergency services or cellphone reception due to its remoteness.

Four out of the 15 scheduled rescue beacons were recently deployed in the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station area of responsibility. This makes Lordsburg the first station in the El Paso Sector with new active rescue beacon technology. El Paso Sector will have a total of 20 beacons (five are legacy beacons) erected across the sector by the end of this year.

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