Border Patrol Agent Roberto Rodriguez escorts two Mexican nationals apprehended near the Texas-Mexico border on Oct. 12, 2017. By Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune
MISSION — Border Patrol Agent Robert Rodriguez is navigating his green and white SUV over a muddy stretch of road in deep South Texas when his two-way radio crackles with fresh intel.
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“970 took a hit. Two bodies in an open field,” says an agent in the tactical operations center, five miles away in McAllen. Translation: Two suspected migrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico were spotted on a surveillance camera and are now heading toward U.S. 83. It’s game on — for the third time in as many hours.
Rodriguez steps on the gas.