A Nicaraguan boy who made headlines in April when he was filmed crying and begging a US Border Patrol agent for help after smugglers abandoned him has finally been reunited with family in Florida.
Cell phone shows 10-year-old Wilto Obregón and his mother Meylin Obregón hugging relatives on Sunday at Miami International Airport after landing on a flight from Texas.
“I’m excited to be together and be with my kid,” Meylin told Univision.
Meylin and Wilto will stay with her brother Misael Obregón at his home in Miami while their asylum process is resolved by the immigration court.
Misael Obregón with his cousin Wilto Obregón and his sister Meylin Obregón, who arrived in Miami on Sunday evening. The 10-year-old boy and Meylin were abducted in Mexico in March. Wilto was released after his uncle paid a $5,000 ransom and Meylin was later released without a ransom being paid. The child made headlines on April 1 when he was seen in a video crying to a US Border Patrol agent for help after being abandoned by smugglers in Texas. He and his mother reunited in Texas on May 28th
Misael Obregón (center back) with his two sons (first and second from left to right), his cousin Wilto Obregón (center front), his sister Meylin Obregón (second from right) and his girlfriend Yubelki Aragón (right)
Screenshot of a video recorded on April 1 of Wilto Obregón crying and begging a Border Patrol agent for help. It spread through social media, highlighting the ongoing crisis at the United States-Mexico border
The trip concluded the couple’s stormy journey across the United States-Mexico border, in which both mother and son were kidnapped by an armed mob.
Misael previously told Univision that he agreed to pay the cost of the perilous journey in March so that Meylin could travel with her son and his two teenage boys without the kids knowing they were headed to America.
While his two sons were allowed to remain in the United States as part of the Title 42 policy that President Joe Biden’s administration amended so that Border Patrol officers would not return unaccompanied minors to their countries of origin, Meylin and Wilto were not so fortunate and became expelled to Mexico.
Misael was reunited with his children on April 6.
Once in Mexico, Meylin and Wilto were kidnapped, forcing Misael to borrow $5,000 to secure his cousin’s freedom while his sister remained in captivity.
Days after his release, Wilto was smuggled with a group of migrants, but he was left in the desert region of Texas.
An off-duty Border Patrol officer came to the boy’s aid after seeing him on the side of the road east of Rio Grande City, Texas, on April 1.
“I came with a group and they abandoned me and I don’t know where they are,” the child told the officer in Spanish.
The officer then asked the boy if he had instructed smugglers to seek help from an immigration or law enforcement officer in the area, but Wilto replied, “No, I’m coming, because if I haven’t, where am I going?” Someone can kidnap me, kidnap me. I’m afraid.’
Meylin was eventually released by her captors in mid-April and surrendered herself to immigration officials at the United States-Mexico border, where she applied for asylum.
She was later transferred to a Texas migrant shelter and given custody of her son, who was staying at an unaccompanied minors shelter.
Wilto Obregón and his mother Meylin Obregón were kidnapped in Mexico near the United States border after being evicted by Texas border officials
At one point, Lazaro Gutiérrez, who stayed with the former couple’s other son in Nicaragua, along with the Nicaraguan government petitioned the Biden government to return Wilto. However, Gutiérrez relented after Meylin was released by the kidnappers and acknowledged his son’s desire to stay with his mother in the US.
The latest monthly U.S. Customs and Borders Protection report, released on May 11, showed border agents detained 17,171 unaccompanied children in the Southwestern border area in April, nine percent less than 18,890 in March, when a record number of unaccompanied children were detained. migrant children came into US custody.
In total, Border Patrol officers met 178,622 undocumented immigrants seeking to enter the United States in April, surpassing the March total by 5,274.
A Southwestern Border report on the border for the month of May will be released this week.
Wilto Obregón, a 10-year-old Nicaraguan national, was kidnapped in Mexico in March and released after his uncle paid a $5,000 ransom. He was later smuggled across the Mexico-United States border, but was abandoned by smugglers in the Texas desert before a U.S. Border Patrol agent rescued him on the morning of April 1.
US Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei met Monday at the National Palace in Guatemala City to discuss the mass flow of migrants from the Central American nation and its neighbors across the US-Mexico border.
The Biden administration said Monday it will create a task force of prosecutors to fight human trafficking and corruption in Central America, while US Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala for talks with President Alejandro Giammattei.
The group will complement other US prosecutors who are working with colleagues in the “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to build cases against corrupt actors in the region, the statement said.
“It is in our common interest that we work together,” Harris said at the start of a meeting with Giammattei.
The Guatemalan president urged the United States that tracking down drug trafficking organizations should also be an important part of tackling corruption.
Vice President Harris will meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday.