Video captured by a border guard officer now circulating on social media shows a young boy with tears that had apparently been abandoned alone in the Texas desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I came with a group, they dumped me and I do not know where they are,” the minor said between the sobs to a motorist who was in the area. “They can rob me, kidnap me. I’m scared,” the boy told an off-duty border guard officer he encountered. The boy was seen in the video walking along an empty gravel road.
The child, believed to be between 10 and 12 years old, was taken to a nearby border surveillance station. He had spent the night in the desert, full of rattlesnakes and wild animals, according to Univision.
“To all parents considering sending their unaccompanied children to the border, please consider that action because it is very dangerous to expose children,”
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Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has expected 184,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the US border in fiscal year 2021. Two sources familiar with internal data confirmed the estimate to Fox News, where an agent said: “We have never seen something like Before. “
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While it is only a projection, if accurate, it would be the highest number of UACs recorded and more than twice as many as the 76,020 encountered during the 2019 border crisis – where the Trump administration was hammered for his handling of the crisis and detention of children.
On Tuesday, the Border Patrol announced that they had rescued two young children who were abandoned near Jacumba, California. Agents said they had seen a man and a woman walking with two small children. Agents saw the couple hoist the children over large boulders in an area where the border ends.
They came to the area to find the children aged 5 and 6 alone and cried and led them to a nearby border guard station. The children had a handwritten note with their mother’s phone number. The mother’s name and number were also written on their forearms. CBP called the mother for more information and transported the children to Health and Human Services (HHS).
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“It is unconscious that anyone will abandon these young children and those responsible for smuggling events like this will be prosecuted aggressively,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a statement.
Last week, shocking video showed a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old being thrown over a border barrier by smugglers at the New Mexico border.
Last week, there were nearly 5,000 children in custody and more than 13,000 in custody for health and human services.