Dumped in the reeds: Heartbreaking photos show migrant girl, two, and her three-month-old brother left in a baby carrier on the Texas shores of Rio Grande
- US Border Patrol agents from the Del Rio Sector in Texas discovered a two-year-old girl and her two-month-old brother on the riverbank of the Rio Grande
- Officers assigned to Eagle Pass South Station were patrolling a boat across the river when they saw the children on Tuesday
- A note was found under the baby’s carrier explaining that the couple were siblings
- Chief Patrol Agent Robert N. Garcia said: ‘It is heartbreaking and frustrating to know that children are left without worrying about their lives’
Two young Honduran children were found Tuesday near the coast of the Rio Grande in Texas after being left there by people smugglers.
A two-year-old girl was discovered with a car seat containing her three-month-old brother, the US Customs and Border Protection revealed.
Officers assigned to Eagle Pass South Station were patrolling the river that marks the border between the United States and Mexico when they spotted an “unusual color on the riverbank.”
The officers stopped their boat operation and found the girl sitting on the grass next to the car seat.
Officers said a note was found under the baby’s carrier explaining that they were two siblings, but the exact contents were not disclosed.
The children did not require medical attention, officials said.
A two-year-old girl from Honduras and her two-month-old brother were rescued Tuesday by US Border Patrol agents after being found on the riverbank of the Rio Grande.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent tends to the two Honduran children who were abandoned on Tuesday on the riverbank of the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas.
The officers immediately took the children inside and took them to a nearby facility.
Agents searched the area but could find no trace of the smugglers who had left the young children.
Chief Patrol Agent Robert N. Garcia posted on Twitter: “The attention to detail that our officers demonstrate while performing their duties can be the difference between life and death.
“It is heartbreaking and frustrating to know that children are being left behind with no regrets or concern for their lives and well-being.”
The graph shows the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the southern border in the past four years. According to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in August, Border Patrol agents who had stopped 113,791 unaccompanied children from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border since October 1, 2010 — the start of fiscal year 2021
The disturbing finding is just the latest report of unaccompanied minors being abandoned at the border by people smugglers with no apparent regard for the safety of the children.
It comes five days after police found a six-year-old boy at a Wal-Mart in Brownsville, Texas.
The Salvadoran child was left alone in the store on Thursday and was handed over to the Brownsville Border Patrol Station. He handed officers a note with his aunt’s contact information in Houston.
In late August, U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued two Ecuadorian girls who were able to call 911 after they were stranded in the desert outside Ocotillo, California.
On March 30, two sisters – also from Ecuador – were dumped by smugglers over a 14-meter high border wall in New Mexico. They were later reunited with their parents, who live in the New York area.
A six-year-old boy from El Salvador was found alone at a Wal-Mart in Brownsville, Texas, last Thursday. CBP figures provided in August showed that 113,791 unaccompanied minors have been stopped from crossing the United States-Mexico border since October 1, 2001
Ecuadorian siblings (pictured) were rescued by Border Patrol agents in late August after being left in the desert near Ocatillo, California
Gloria Chavez, sector chief of the El Paso sector, provides snacks to the two girls from Ecuador who were abandoned by human traffickers on March 30 and fell over a 14-meter high border wall in New Mexico.
Despite efforts by the administration of President Joe Biden to open asylum border proceedings and prevent migrants from staying in Mexico for immigration court hearings, parents continue to put their children’s lives on the line and send them in droves across the country alone. southwestern border between the United States and Mexico region.
CBP data released in August showed that 113,791 unaccompanied minors have been banned by border agents since October 1, 2001 – the start of fiscal year 2021.
The figures have risen over the past three months: 18,962 unaccompanied minors were smuggled across the border in July.