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CBP rescues over 200 migrants in freezing temperatures in Texas

More than 200 migrants rescued from freezing temperatures in Texas by border agents after being abandoned by traffickers during winter storm

  • CBP border patrol agents have saved more than 200 undocumented immigrants who were mostly abandoned by human smugglers in west Texas
  • CBP transferred 10 migrants to hospitals in the region after they fell ill due to the exposure to frigid weather caused by Winter Storm Uri since Saturday 
  •  At least one male migrant was found dead by Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents and local police 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to west Texas have rescued more than 200 undocumented immigrants after most of them were abandoned by human traffickers as Winter Storm Uri slammed the area.

A spokesman with the Big Bend Sector Border Patrol confirmed to DailyMail.com that border agents and local police discovered the dead body of a male migrant. 

The victim’s death was most likely a result of being exposed to the freezing weather.

His age and nationality have not been made public.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Big Bend Sector Border Patrol have rescued more than 200 migrants in west Texas who were mostly abandoned by human traffickers

CBP said that as many as 10 people were taken to region hospitals for treatment to extreme weather exposure, frostbite or other serious medical conditions.

The majority of the migrants were located between Saturday and Tuesday morning by Big Bend Sector agents in the towns of Sierra Blanca and Van Horn.

Most of the migrants were citizens of Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

CBP said the migrants called 911 for emergency assistance while others sought help by stopping motorists on highways.

People try to free their cars from the snow in Waco, Texas, on Monday after record snowfall blanketed the state and caused rolling blackouts

People try to free their cars from the snow in Waco, Texas, on Monday after record snowfall blanketed the state and caused rolling blackouts

CBP also received missing persons reports from family members looking for their lost loved ones, prompting additional searches and lives saved.

The migrants were placed in custody of the Big Bend Sector Border Patrol, which provides border surveillance for 77 towns in Texas and each of the 78 border cities in Oklahoma.

The massive storm wrecked havoc across Texas, leaving close to 3.4 million residents without heat, electricity and running water for five days, including 1.4 million in Houston. 

President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Texas and provided federal aid to the state. The crisis has sparked concerns about how the energy landscape may change amid the push to rely on renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

On Thursdays, Biden is also scheduled to formally introduce legislation to Congress that is aimed at reforming the immigration system.

The bill features an eight-year path to citizenship for least 11 million people who were living in the United States unlawfully on January 1, 2021. 

Undocumented immigrants will be eligible to receive a permanent residency card, or ‘green card,’ after five years if they meet certain requirements, including background checks, and will be allowed to apply for citizenship after three years. 

Additionally, many undocumented immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] protection, otherwise known as ‘Dreamers,’ who were brought to the United States illegally as children and people with Temporary Protected Status would immediately be eligible to apply for a green card and would have a three-year path to citizenship. 

People wait in line to fill propane tanks Wednesday in Houston. Customers had to wait over an hour in the freezing rain to fill their tanks

People wait in line to fill propane tanks Wednesday in Houston. Customers had to wait over an hour in the freezing rain to fill their tanks

Leonel Solis and Estefani Garcia use their car to heat their home in East Dallas area of Dallas on Wednesday. The couple, who lost power on Sunday, have been using electricity from a neighbor's generator and heat from their car to stay warm

Leonel Solis and Estefani Garcia use their car to heat their home in East Dallas area of Dallas on Wednesday. The couple, who lost power on Sunday, have been using electricity from a neighbor’s generator and heat from their car to stay warm

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