A nine-year-old migrant child who entered the United States without his family on Wednesday was caught on camera making a heartbreaking phone call to his mother, telling her, “I’m here.”
The unnamed Guatemalan boy hadn’t seen his mother since he was two years old and grew up in his grandmother’s house.
But he desperately wanted to be reunited with his mother in the United States, so his family in Guatemala paid people smugglers to take him to the US.
On Wednesday night, he made it, and a Fox News crew found him near Roma, Texas.
A nine-year-old Guatemalan boy, who has not seen his mother in five years, crossed over from Mexico to Texas on Wednesday. He was spotted by a Fox News crew, and the reporter borrowed her phone so the kid could call his mom and tell her he made it.
The reporter, Sara Carter, gave the child her phone and he called his mother. She later explained that he was traveling alone after relatives in Guatemala paid people smugglers to transport him to the United States.
He had his mom’s phone number on a scrap of paper, so the reporter handed over her phone so the little boy could call his mom. They hadn’t spoken since he made the crossing.
“Hello mommy how are you?” said the child.
“Good my love, how are you?” she replied.
‘Where are you?’
The child replied, “I’m here now.”
The boy, who was seen with other migrant families, is one of 66,000 unaccompanied migrant children who have entered the US since October 1, when the fiscal year began.
Border Patrol agents are seen on May 5, awaiting transport to a processing facility. US agents detained more than 111,000 unaccompanied migrants in April, the highest number in more than a decade, and the number rose again in May, according to preliminary enforcement data
Data from CBP shows the fiscal year as of October 1 is on track to break records for unaccompanied minor arrivals – although the figure in April was a slight drop from March, marking an all-time high
In April, 17,171 unaccompanied minors were found by customs and border guards (CBP) agents – a slight decrease from March figures, when 18,960 arrived – an all-time high.
The arrivals in March quickly flooded the US government’s infrastructure to process unaccompanied minors.
The largest border patrol facility for migrant children had a capacity of 1,640 percent at the end of March, with more than 3,200 unaccompanied minors in a tent designed for 250 people.
Border Patrol’s more than 70 stations along the border were designed with the purpose of temporarily detaining and processing single men, who for decades made up the majority of people who crossed the US-Mexico border without permission.
The US government has struggled for years with the changing demographics of migrants and the number of single children and families who are now arriving.
Since Joe Biden was inaugurated, the number of unaccompanied migrants arriving has soared.
Extremely high numbers of children crossed from Mexico alone in February, March and April: As of October 1, 2018, just one month — May 2019 — surpassed the Biden era for children’s arrival.
In that month, 11,861 unaccompanied minors crossed the road.
The total number for this fiscal year so far is double the data from the previous year, with five months to go.
In the year to September 30, 2020, 33,239 children arrived alone.
US agents detained more than 111,000 unaccompanied migrants in April, the highest number in more than a decade, and the number increased again in May, according to preliminary enforcement data.