On Monday, United States Border Patrol agents and officials from Sonora, Mexico, worked together to rescue a group of 16 migrants lost in the desert near Ajo.
The bi-national effort began early Monday morning, when the Ajo Border Patrol Station received a call from Mexican officials at C-5, the Mexican equivalent of a 911 dispatch. Mexican officials stated they received a call from a group of 16 migrants who reported being lost while trying to illegally cross into the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Mexican officials were able to three-way connect the call to Border Patrol agents, who spoke directly to the caller.
According to CBP, the caller described the area where the group was located, and once the general location was established, CBP launched air assets while Border Patrol agents searched on the ground. While searching for the original caller and his group, agents come across two other groups in the same area, arresting a total of 48 illegal border crossers.
Shortly after the arrest of the two groups, a CBP helicopter crew spotted another group of 16, which matched the caller’s description. Border Patrol agents rescued the group and identified the caller.
All of the 64 arrested illegal aliens will be processed for immigration violations, according to CBP.