El Paso, TX (KTSM) - U.S. Border Patrol Agents say that their biggest catch of the month so far was a newborn baby boy that was delivered at the Ysleta Port of Entry on December 2.
According to Border Patrol, they located a group of eleven undocumented immigrants who were crossing the border four miles west of the Ysleta Port of Entry on December 2. Agents talked with the immigrants who admitted that they were all in the country illegally.
After the group was transported to the Ysleta station for processing, one of the women in the group, a 34-year-old from El Salvador, began complaining of stomach pains. An alert female Border Patrol Agent immediately recognized that the woman was in labor and began assisting the expectant mother through her labor pains.
Shortly thereafter, the baby boy was born at the Port with the assistance of the El Paso Fire and EMS paramedics who had arrived to the scene. The baby boy and his mother were both taken to Sierra Providence East for further evaluation.
Days later, on December 6, the mother and infant were released from Sierra and taken to the Temporary Holding Facility in Tornillo for a pending immigration determination. The next morning, on December 7, the mother alerted agents that she baby appeared to be sick and needed medical care.
They were both taken to El Paso Children's Hospital for further care.
Once the admitting physician determined that the baby could be released, the baby and mother were released from U.S. Border Patrol custody pending the immigration hearing.
Authorities from the Border Patrol say that this is another example of the compassion and professionalism demonstrated by Agents on a regular basis.