A Border Patrol agent died on patrol after crashing their all-terrain vehicle early Wednesday morning.
The agent was reportedly tracking a group of people who illegally crossed the border when he crashed near Mission, Texas. Officials stated that the agent was found unresponsive and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"The death of an Agent who died while securing our nation’s border is a tremendous loss for our organization and our nation, our prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time," said Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz.
The identity of the agent has not been released.
The U.S.-Mexico border has seen an influx of migrants this year.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a record 2.3 million migrant encounters in the 2022 fiscal year. That's up from 1.7 million the year before.