U.S. border authorities save infant, mother migrants

UPDATED @ 4:45 PM (ET)

Authorities in Texas on Tuesday reported that earlier this month they had saved a mother and her infant child, 6 months old, who had tragically been thrown out of a raft by smugglers.

This story comes amid a surge during the past few months in migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Significantly, a massive amount of those making the treacherous journey have been unaccompanied minors.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for South Texas posted to its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that its Special Operations Group (SOP)—a Texas Rangers Division—helped U.S. Border Patrol in the operation.

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“On 03/16/21, this specialized group assisted U.S. #BorderPatrol in Roma with a 6mo female child who had been thrown out of a raft and into the Rio Grande River by smugglers,” the statement read. “The child’s mother had been assaulted by smugglers in Mexico resulting in a broken leg.”

Our South Texas Special Operations Group, Texas Rangers Division, are an integral asset in border security. On 03/16/21,…

Posted by Texas Department of Public Safety – South Texas Region on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

DPS’s statement did not elaborate further on the story.

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Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez described the rescue to journalist Sara Carter on Wednesday as an “example of true heroism” and touted the importance of various law enforcement groups at the border.

“DPS Troopers and Special Operations Group are vital in ensuring border security and public safety by deterring criminal activity and providing protection to those most vulnerable due to the current border crisis,” said Olivarez. “This is an example of true heroism from our Special Response Team rescuing this child and mother from criminal organizations who exploit them and have no regard for their safety.”

He also praised Texas Governor Greg Abbott for directing “valuable resources to the southern border” with the implementation of Operation Lone Star.

The SOP, TDPS explained in its statement, is a “specialized group is a highly trained tactical team whose primary responsibility is to carry out specific missions, usually along the Texas-Mexico border region or wherever needed.”

“The team is designed to conduct both overt and extended covert operations in remote areas where conventional law enforcement cannot operate,” the statement continued. “The teams focus is to gather intelligence, conduct interdiction, and disruption of criminal activity usually associated with drug cartels.”

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