A five-year-old boy was filmed crying with grief after being dumped on the edge of the US-Mexico border by two migrant smugglers who expected his parents to pick him up.
The cellphone footage shows the boy, who is believed to be Mexican, standing steps from where the barbed-wire steel wall came to an end under an overpass at the international border between the border city of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas. Thursday night.
The distraught boy grabbed hold of a teddy bear and yelled, “Where are you going? Here. No no no. Do not go away.’
The child was accompanied by the couple who crossed him over part of a nearly dry Rio Grande, a waterway constantly used by migrants trying to reach the US
Amid tears, the boy tried to get their attention by waving at them as they walked away.
Still image of a five-year-old boy who was abandoned by a man and woman last Thursday near a steel barbed wire wall at the United States-Mexico international border crossing between Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. The woman who helped smuggle the child told AFP that his parents live in the US. The child would be from Mexico
A man (left) and a woman (right) return to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico moments after they were videotaped abandoning a five-year-old boy near a section of the United States-Mexico border wall in Texas
The woman and her accomplice then fled to Ciudad Juárez. Moments later, a US border patrol unit arrived and took the boy to a nearby station.
The woman who smuggled the boy to the border wall told AFP that his parents lived in the United States.
DailyMail.com contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment. It is unclear whether the child has since been reunited with his family.
The harrowing scene of the crying child is the latest chapter in the ongoing saga on the Southwestern frontier between U.S. Border Patrol agents and unaccompanied children, as well as individuals and families seeking asylum from the United States government.
Arrests of undocumented migrants attempting to cross the international border have gradually increased over the past 12 months under the administration of former President Donald Trump and his successor, President Joe Biden.
The child tried to get the attention of his smugglers by waving at them before US Border Patrol agents arrived and took him to a nearby station
Border Patrol agents tend to a five-year-old boy after he was spotted alone on the side of a border wall in El Paso, Texas, last Thursday.
A monthly report released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in May showed border agents detained 17,171 unaccompanied children at the southwestern border in April, a 9 percent drop from 18,890 in March when a record number of unaccompanied migrant children came into US custody.
In total, the border patrol reported that 178,622 undocumented immigrants were stopped in April for illegal entry from Mexico into the United States, surpassing the March total by 5,274.
The Biden administration, which is willing to allow migrants on the southwestern border to seek asylum, has allowed unaccompanied minors to remain in the US under its Title 42 policy.
The measure was introduced by Trump on March 21, 2020, and forced U.S. Customs and Border Protection to immediately remove migrants intercepted at the southwestern border as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic without giving them a chance to apply for asylum. The agency would send adults back to Mexico and the children would be placed in hotels and then deported to their home countries.
Under Biden, the CBP continues to evict most migrant families and single adults, eventually forcing parents to send their children across the border alone in hopes of joining them later. In other cases, family members who are already in the US are given custody of the children.
Nicaraguan Wilto Obregón, 10, who was seen in a video in April in which he begged an off-duty US border patrol to help him after being abandoned by a group of migrants near the Texas desert, was reunited with his mother Meylin Obregón at a shelter for migrant children last Friday.
Two Guatemalan sisters, Asheli Sánchez, 5, and Valeria Padilla, 11 months, were placed in the care of their aunt Yolanda Sánchez in Texas after the couple discovered the two children and three other girls on their farmland on the morning of May 9. .