Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2021. 2:46 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: CNN reported that five unaccompanied migrant children were found along the US-Mexico border on Sunday.
The youngest was 11 months and the oldest seven said the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CNN said that a Border Patrol agent said a farmer had found the five girls in Maverick County. Three were from Honduras – ages 2, 3, and 7, and two from Guatemala – a five-year old and an 11-month baby.
Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry was able to identify the girls who were abandoned by human traffickers near the Rio Grande.
The CBP said that in questioning the 5-year-old girl and looking among her belongings they found a phone number of a family member living in the US.
The baby also had a phone number written on her diaper.
The US CBP said that they contacted the family member who confirmed the children’s nationality and then they got in touch with Guatemalan authorities.
“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said according to CNN. “Unfortunately, this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”
The children were in good condition and didn’t require medical attention. They were handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday said the CBP.
A 75-year-old farmer, Jimmy Hobbs, found the children according to the New York Post.
“It was about 8:30 in the morning, just driving along and all of a sudden I see them there, beside the bank, here on the river, five little baby girls all by themselves, hungry, crying. One didn’t have any clothes on,” reported the farmer to US Republican congressman Tony Gonzalez. The farmer said he first called Border Patrol and then reached out to a constable in Maverick. Hobbs said he got the children under the shade and gave them food and water.
“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” he told Gonzalez, “because it got up to 103 yesterday.”
“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife said to Gonzalez the NY Post reported.
“That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering,” she added.
This is only the latest incident of abandoned children at the US-Mexico border.
In late March two Ecuadorian sisters were dropped over the 14-foot-tall border wall and last month a 10-year-old boy approached a border patrol in the Rio Grande area asking for help.
The US CBP reported that they found close to 19,000 unaccompanied children at the border in March. CNN reports that as of May 9, the Department of Health and Human Services said that in excess of 20,000 children were in US custody.
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