The 10-year-old Nicaraguan boy has been reunited with his mother eight weeks after he was seen in a video crying to a US Border Patrol agent for help.
Wilto Obregón, who was abandoned in the Texas desert after crossing the border between the United States and Mexico, left the Casa Padre shelter for migrant children in Brownsville, Texas. On Friday, he was transferred to custody of his mother, Meylin Obregón, and her brother Misael Obregón – a reunion captured in a YouTube video.
“I felt happy and very happy because it wasn’t like all the other times I went and came back without him,” said Meylin Obregón. Telemundo. “On the other hand, today was a very special day for me because I didn’t come back alone anymore, I returned with my son. Today is the happiest moment of my life.’
Misael Obregón told the network that he expects his sister and cousin to travel to Miami soon, where they will live with him during their asylum process.
“I had friends there,” Wilto said of the Texas shelter he’d been in since April. “I was happy there, but being with my mother now is much more fun.”
Meylin Obregón embraces her 10-year-old son Wilto Obregón just after he is released from a shelter for migrant children in Brownsville, Texas. The Nicaraguan boy had been at the facility since April after he was found by an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent while walking alone on a Texas road.
Screen shot of a video shot on April 1 showing Wilto Obregón crying and begging a border police officer for help. It spread through social media, highlighting the ongoing crisis at the United States-Mexico border.
Meylin Obregón escorts son Wilton Obregón to a car outside a migrant shelter in Brownsville, Texas, on Friday
Images of Wilto crying and pleading with the border police agent for help highlighted the ongoing crisis at the United States-Mexico border that unraveled during the last nine months of former President Donald Trump’s office and under President Joe Biden continued to escalate.
The Nicaraguan child was walking along a road east of Rio Grande City, Texas, when he was spotted by an off-duty Border Patrol agent.
“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 border officer asked the boy if he had been told to ‘come and ask for help’, but the child replied, ‘No, I’m coming, because if I didn’t, where am I going? Someone can kidnap me, kidnap me. I’m afraid.’
Misael Obregón previously told Univision that he was financing the trip to the United States. But the journey turned sour when Meylin Obregón and Wilto were sent back to Mexico after their illegal entry into Texas.
Immigration officials, however, allowed Misael Obregón’s 15-year-old twin sons, who also made the border crossing, to remain in their custody because they were traveling as unaccompanied minors. They were reunited on April 6.
Wilto Obregón with his mother Meylin Obregón just after they finally reunited in Brownsville, Texas. The 10-year-old Nicaragua boy was found on April 1 by a U.S. Border Patrol agent while wandering alone on a road near the Texas desert area outside of Rio Grande City.
Meylin Obregón and Wilto were then kidnapped in Mexico by a local gang, who contacted Misael Obregón and demanded a $10,000 ransom for the mother and her son.
He was only able to secure his nephew’s release by paying $5,000, money borrowed from friends.
His sister was eventually released in mid-April, she then surrendered herself to immigration officials at the United States-Mexico border and applied for asylum. She was later transferred to a migrant shelter in Texas.
Lazaro Gutiérrez, who was staying at home with the couple’s other son in Nicaragua, asked the Nicaraguan government to petition the Biden government to return Wilto. However, Gutiérrez relented after Meylin Obregón was released by the kidnappers and acknowledged his son’s desire to stay with his mother in the US.
Migrants from Guatemala and Honduras are questioned by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after being smuggled onto an inflatable raft in Roma, Texas, on March 28.
US Border Patrol agent (left) assists an elderly asylum-seeking migrant woman (center) from Venezuela after the woman arrived in Texas on May 26 by crossing the United States-Mexico border via the Rio Grande
A monthly U.S. Customs and Border Protection report released on May 11 showed Border Patrol agents found 178,622 undocumented immigrants seeking to enter the United States in April, surpassing the March total by 5,274.
The totals for April were more than 10 times those of April 2020, when 17,106 people were apprehended by officers along the 1,954 mile southwestern border.
Border agents detained 17,171 unaccompanied minors in the southwestern border region in April, 9 percent less than 18,890 in March, when a record number of unaccompanied migrant children went into U.S. custody.
Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas appeared before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on May 13 and said the Biden administration has made progress to ensure that underage migrants were not detained in crowded CBP facilities, dropping the number in late March. from 5,700 to less than 500.