Sen. Roger Marshall helps an ailing migrant during a Border Patrol rideshare

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) has been forced to use his medical training to help a migrant suffering the effects of extreme heat during a recent visit by lawmakers to the US-Mexico border region.

Video released Monday by Marshall’s office shows the encounter in Brooks County, Texas — just over 40 miles from the border and an area where people smugglers often drop off or pick up illegal immigrants.

“It comes in waves, but this is where we’ve noticed an increase in drop-offs and pickups on the north side of town lately,” Brooks County Sheriff Capt. Danny Davila says in the clip. “The criminal element is now much higher than those who really just want to come to work and contribute to the family and send money back.”

The six-and-a-half-minute video, titled “Doctor First,” shows local law enforcement and border patrol officers spotting a silver car with several migrants – including one in the trunk – and chasing after it.

After officers successfully stop the car, many of the migrants are taken into custody, including a woman who appears to be injured.

Marshall hands the woman water and questions her about an injury to her leg.

Clothes belonging to Central American migrants lie on the banks of the Rio Grande.
Clothes belonging to Central American migrants lie on the banks of the Rio Grande.
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“It’s okay,” he tells the woman before urging her to drink more water. Other officials have expressed concerns about dehydration, as the woman reportedly went without water for two days.

“The one young lady obviously had heat exhaustion, and maybe she was verging on heat stroke, so I could look at her when they brought her in, and … her breathing was very rapid, her pulse was 140, she hadn’t drunk any water in two days, her knee hurt, her hand was cut off by the barbed wire fence, and I honestly think she probably would have died in, I don’t know, an hour or two,” Marshall, a trained OB/GYN, later told Fox News.

Marshall later added that he realized the woman was “distressed … semi-conscious, fading in and out.”

Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande River into the United States are taken away by Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, May 21, 2022.
Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande River into the United States are taken away by Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, May 21, 2022.
AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills

“It’s heat stroke progressing into heat stroke, and once heat stroke starts it’s almost irreversible,” he said.

Marshall credited Border Patrol agents, who he said deal with similar situations every day, calling them “the real heroes.”

“These poor officers are expected to be nurses, social workers, psychologists while protecting themselves and America. I was able to do my small part, but they are the real heroes, not me,” he said.

Since taking office last year, the Biden administration has faced growing criticism over the rising number of border crossings from Mexico.
Since taking office last year, the Biden administration has faced growing criticism over the rising number of border crossings from Mexico.
AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills

The senator then blasted the “unsustainable humanitarian crisis” along the southern border, blaming President Biden and “his policies” for promoting it.

“By the time they show up they have dysentery, they’re dehydrated, they’ve got sores, infections, a lot of them have been sexually abused, all the things you can imagine and then a lot of people die along the way from heat stroke, from dehydration and then even more die drowning when they get across the river,” Marshall told Fox News.

“This is an unsustainable humanitarian crisis, this is a human tragedy created by Joe Biden and his policies,” he continued. “He wants this crisis. Either he’s the most incompetent person alive, or he wants this crisis — he wants to remake America.”

Senator Roger Marshall, MD provides assistance to victims of Biden's border crisis.
Senator Roger Marshall, MD provides assistance to victims of Biden’s border crisis.
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Sen. Roger Marshall used his medical training to help a migrant suffering the effects of extreme heat.
Sen. Roger Marshall used his medical training to help a migrant suffering the effects of extreme heat.
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Since taking office last year, the Biden administration has faced growing criticism over the rising number of border crossings from Mexico. While the number of border encounters fell last fall, this spring it hit record highs with 234,088 in April.

While some of the spike is attributed to Ukrainian and Russian migrants fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, border and administration officials have been warning of the spike for months — particularly given the attempted repeal of Title 42.

The administration earlier this month tried to end the Trump-era health regulation that allowed border officials to quickly expel migrants without hearing asylum applications.

A federal judge from Louisiana blocked the move on May 20, upholding the policy. Regardless, some border towns are still seeing increases in the number of migrants crossing the border.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/sen-roger-marshall-aids-suffering-migrant-during-border-patrol-ride-along/ Sen. Roger Marshall helps an ailing migrant during a Border Patrol rideshare

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