A video circulating on social media reportedly shows a young migrant boy sobbing about being abandoned after being discovered by an off-duty Border Patrol agent.
Last week, a friend of the Border Patrol agent posted the video on Facebook. In the video, a young boy can be seen walking alone on the side of a dirt road. The driver pulls over and begins to speak with him. The Facebook post states that the boy was found east of Rio Grande City “in an area infested with rattlesnakes.” It adds that he says he woke up alone after the group of 184 people he had been traveling with left him behind. The boy can be seen crying in the video as he asks the agent for help, telling him that he is afraid, ABC 13 reported.
Univision reported on the encounter between the boy and the agent. “I came with a group, they dumped me and I don’t know where they are,” the young boy said in between sobs. “They can rob me, kidnap me. I am afraid.”
The head of the El Paso Border Patrol sector Gloria Chávez told Univision, “To all the parents who are considering sending their unaccompanied children to the border, please reconsider that act because it is very dangerous to expose children.”
ABC 13 reported, “U. S. Customs and Border Protection later confirmed the video as authentic. The agency said the 10-year-old boy is from Nicaragua. He was traveling with a group of migrants and woke up to realize he had been left behind by the group.”
“Scenes like these are all too common, as smugglers continue to abandon children in desolate areas, with zero regard for their well-being,” a CBP spokesperson said.
The Biden administration continues to face a growing number of migrants coming to the border, many of them unaccompanied children who are sometimes brought by human traffickers. On Friday, Reuters reported, “U. S. authorities caught more than 171,000 migrants at the U.S. border with Mexico in March, according to preliminary data shared with Reuters, the highest monthly total in two decades and the latest sign of the mounting humanitarian challenge confronting President Joe Biden.”
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