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Border agents rescue family of three near Lukeville

243 individuals saved in less than three months by federal agents
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in Southern Arizona were assaulted in separate...
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in Southern Arizona were assaulted in separate incidents within 24 hours last week.(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Published: Dec. 27, 2019 at 12:32 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. - On Christmas Eve, U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector rescued a family of three who activated a rescue beacon near Lukeville.

Although distressed, the mother, father, and infant did not require medical attention and were transported out of the desert safely.

As of Dec. 25, Tucson Sector agents have rescued 243 individuals in just under three months.

Tucson Sector has 34 rescue beacons deployed throughout its more desolate areas, improving migrants' chances of requesting help and being saved. Unfortunately, smugglers abandon many individuals who enter the United States illegally, leaving it to U.S. Border Patrol agents to save them.

The rescue beacons were implemented under the Tucson Sector’s Border Safety Initiative. This humanitarian, bi-national program is designed to educate potential migrants about the hazards of crossing the border illegally. U.S. Border Patrol encourages migrants to call 911 for help if faced with a life-threatening situation.