Two illegal immigrants from Central America got lost in south Texas after entering the U.S. from Mexico on Sunday, and they needed U.S. Border Patrol to rescue them, according to the Washington Examiner.
The two men, one from Ecuador and the other from El Salvador, crossed the southern border in one of the spots where there is no border barrier. They found themselves wandering in the a barren area without any sense of how to find safety.
Fortunately for them, Border Patrol agents found the large "SOS" sign they created on the ground, prompting agents from Hebbronville, Texas, to seek them out.
According to the Border Patrol Laredo Sector website, agents found the two men within about an hour. They were exhausted, but after medical evaluation the immigrants were deemed to not need any medical treatment.
"The Laredo Sector Border Patrol will continue to warn against the dangers of people crossing illegally into the United States through dangerous environmental conditions," the website's news release read. "Its Border Safety Initiative (BSI) is a humanitarian, bi-national strategy designed to reduce illegal alien deaths, educate and inform potential illegal aliens of the dangers and hazards of crossing the border illegally, and to respond to those who are in possibly life-threatening situations."
Border Patrol agent Jason Owens pointed out that the rescue runs contrary to a narrative often spread that Border Patrol agents are bad people, or that they don't care about the wellbeing of immigrants.
"Here's something that doesn't get much attention," Owens wrote on Twitter. "Illegal aliens call #USBP when they need help! Feb. 17: 2 illegal aliens (El Salvador & Ecuador), lost & in distress in the desert, get help from #BorderPatrol. You can bet THEY know who the good guys are!"
Here’s something that doesn’t get much attention. Illegal aliens call #USBP when they need help! Feb 17: 2 illegal… https://t.co/Ur98HuTjq5— Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent (@Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent) 1550708250.0