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ICE, Homeland Sec. & Border Patrol share untold stories of brave employees

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents, working closely with Office of Air and Marine, Laredo Air Branch air interdiction agents and Bruni firefighters to extinguish a vehicle fire while recovering 2,101 pounds of marijuana. September 8, 2015 (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/WikiMedia Commons)
July 03, 2018

In an effort to counter attacks from the mainstream media and politicians who have recently called to abolish ICE, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have begun a Twitter campaign to share stories of bravery carried out by their employees.

DHS tweeted Monday: “Today, DHS, @CBP, and @ICEgov will be sharing stories of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day with the sole objective of protecting our nation. Make sure to follow to see stories that have not been widely reported.”

The tweet received more than 32,000 likes, and was retweeted by President Trump.

All three agencies shared stories all throughout Monday, and each agency retweeted one another’s stories.

The first of the stories featured CBP Officers Mohammed Sajib and Luis Castineiras, who worked together to save the life of a woman who stopped breathing at the Philidelphia International Airport.

Using CPR and a nearby defibrillator device, the officers worked on the woman until she began breathing on her own. She was later treated and released at a local hospital.

Another story featured Assistant Field Office Director Brian McShane of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division.

McShane responded to the scene of a small plane crash in suburban Philadelphia. Using tools from his ICE-issued First Aid kit, McShane was able to free the pilot from a seatbelt that caused strangulation and had stopped the pilot’s breathing.

The pilot made a full recovery due to McShane’s quick response.

CBP Officer Johnny Grays was featured for his act of saving a child who fell into the St. Clair River at the Algonac Port of Entry in Michigan.

Grays acted quickly to save the child who was clinging to a seawall and could not feel his extremities in the harsh cold temperatures.

Another story featured a joint effort between CBP Air and Marine Operations and U.S. Border Patrol agents in the remote Baboquivari Mountains located southwest of Tuscon, Arizona.

Three undocumented immigrants called 911 for help after finding themselves stranded on the side of a cliff. Agents used a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to perform an aerial rescue. Two of the men sustained injuries and were treated at local hospitals.

Other stories included significant drug busts and weapons seizures, reducing the flow of “weapons, drugs and victims” across borders, and even saving smuggled immigrants from deadly conditions inside trucks.

ICE also highlighted their efforts in providing aid to victims of Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria in 2017.

CBP’s Florida division tweeted a photo collage of additional stories of bravery.

“Working tirelessly to secure our borders every day,” they said.

DHS said: “Protecting our country is what we expect our law enforcement community to do every day, and the brave men and women of @CBP and @ICEgov are no different. These selfless Americans go to work to protect their neighbors and their country.”

DHS also noted that the agencies face dangerous situations and work together in an effort for stronger borders and “a safer U.S.”

DHS added: “We should all be grateful for their hard work and dedication to keeping both our borders and our communities safe.”