Last Thursday, a border patrol officer driving through the Rio Grande Valley found a migrant child in distress, the distraught boy telling the official that the group he was traveling with had abandoned him.
Their interaction was recorded and in the video the 10-year-old boy is seen crying as he explains that he had not been with his parents. Customs and border protection told NBC News the boy was found on a rural road near La Grulla, Texas, and he told the officer he fell asleep and his alarm clock, the rest of the group was gone. The boy, a migrant from Nicaragua, is safe, customs and border protection said, and will soon be transferred from a border patrol center to a shelter run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
NBC News reports that as of Monday, around 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children are in the custody of health and social services and customs and border protection, many of whom must remain in overcrowded border patrol facilities. longer than the 72 hours prescribed by law. There has been a general increase in the number of Central American migrants arriving at the southern border, fleeing poverty, crime, violence and extreme weather conditions.
President Biden has said his administration’s policy is to refuse most migrants at the border, except minors, saying last month that “the only people we’re not going to let sit alone are the other side of the Rio Grande without help are children. ”Recently, several young children were rescued along the southern border, including a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl discovered Monday in a hilly area near from Jacumba, California. Their mother’s name and phone number were written on their arms and they also carried a note with her contact details.
In a statement, Chief Patrol Officer Aaron Heitke said it was “unacceptable that anyone abandoning these young children, and that those responsible for smuggling events like this will be aggressively prosecuted.”
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