BORSTAR chargd with saving lives

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It's been a terrible year in the desert for people trying to illegally enter this country. We're on pace to set a record for deaths in the desert. And while the border patrol is charged with protecting the border, it has a special unit designed to help save lives.

Michael Friedrich and David Medeles are with the U.S. Border Patrol. But are part of a unique group that has less than 250 members nationwide.

BORSTAR stands for Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue. There some of the first people to come across people trying to enter this country illegally through the Arizona desert, and most of the time it's under life threatening circumstances.