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TUCSON — A U.S. Border Patrol agent stationed to the Tucson Sector died Sunday on patrol along the Arizona border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Robert Hotten, 44, was a 10-year veteran of the agency. Several agents found him unresponsive near Mount Washington, located south of Patagonia at the Coronado National Forest, according to a statement provided by Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.
The agents provided initial medical care until the agent was airlifted to a waiting ambulance and then transported to a hospital in the Nogales area. He was pronounced dead at some point during that time, according to a Tucson Sector spokesman.
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Border Patrol agents working along the U.S.-Mexico border took into custody approximately 851,000 people in the U.S. government’s fiscal 2019, marking the highest number of arrests since 2007, according to federal data exclusively obtained by the Washington Examiner. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.But the 40,000 people taken into custody in September is less than one-third of the 132,000 arrests made in May at the height of a surge of illegal immigrants. Roughly 40,000 people were apprehended after crossing into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California during the month of September.
Hutton was on patrol by himself, as is customary for border agents. While the cause of his death is unknown at this time, the agency ruled out foul play, the spokesman added.
"On behalf of the U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, I want to thank the responding agents and emergency response personnel who worked attentively to render aid and secure medical assistance," Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal said.
"Our deepest sympathies are extended to Agent Robert M. Hotten’s family, friends, and colleagues," he added. "I ask that you keep Agent Hotten’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."
CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan first sent out a tweet Monday disclosing the agent's death.
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The incident at Aventura Hospital in South Florida raises questions about the line between immigration enforcement and emergency medical care. He declined to name the woman out of concern for her safety. “A hospital should be a place where a patient is protected from interrogation,” Kennedy, the political director at the Florida Immigrant Coalition, said in an interview. “You shouldn’t have a Border Patrol agent right there with you while you’re getting treatment." High-profile incidents in recent years have drawn attention to Border Patrol’s role in hospitals along the U.S.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, son, loved ones, and colleagues," he wrote.
Hutton had been with the Border Patrol since 2009. He was assigned to the Sonoita station, which is responsible for patrolling the mountain areas east of Nogales.
Last night, we lost one of our own, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten. Agent Hotten was found unresponsive while on patrol in AZ. Agent Hotten, Class 910, served for 10 years in USBP. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, son, loved ones, and colleagues.— Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan)
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