Two migrant children from Honduras were rescued by Border Patrol after being abandoned in the middle of an island on the Rio Grande, video released by US Customs and Border Protection shows.
The boys, 7 and 13, were reportedly migrating from Mexico to the riverbank in Texas when a smuggler left them on the small island last Thursday.
Agents from the US Border Patrol’s Del Rio sector were on a vigilance tour of the Rio Grande when they saw two children standing on the edge of the island.
An agent’s bodycam captured the moment as the boat got closer to the migrants, before an agent picked up each child and helped them on board.
“Our agents rescued these two Honduran children while they were patrolling the river. The kids took shelter from the fast current against an island in the Rio Grande, ” Austin Skero, chief patrol agent for the US Border Patrol Del Rio Sector, wrote on the department’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Regardless of the circumstances that brought them there alone, scenes like these are heartbreaking. I couldn’t be more proud of our agents and the life-saving work they do every day. ‘
An agent assigned to the US Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector last Thursday rescued two boys from Honduras after they were abandoned on an island in the Rio Grande by an alleged human trafficker who they believe promised to cross them from Mexico to the United States. United States.
According to CNN, the boys aged 7 and 11 are separated from the families in Mexico. The children remain under the supervision of US Customs and Border Protection
Skero told CNN that the two boys are not related and that they said they had met a man who promised to help them cross the border between the United States and Mexico.
The seven-year-old boy was abandoned by his mother in Mexico, and the 13-year-old traveled aboard a train in Mexico with his family before being separated from them.
According to the CPB, both are Honduran and were later abandoned by the smuggler.
The officers saw “small hand and footprints” on the island and proceeded to conduct a secondary inspection of the area.
The migrant boys tried to approach the agents from the island, but were warned to stay in place before they were rescued. Both boys, who are in good health, have been transferred to a CBP facility for processing.
The rescue was the last carried out by Border Patrol agents in recent weeks along the 1954-mile southwestern border between the United States and Mexico. It is a growing concern over President Joe Biden’s administration.
According to a UNICEF report released Monday, at least 275 migrant children are waiting every day to cross from Mexico to the US.
A Border Patrol agent helps a migrant child from Honduras on a boat after they were spotted on the shores of a small island in the middle of the Rio Grande last Thursday. The boy was one of two Honduran children left behind by a smuggler who promised to help them migrate to the United States from Mexico.
Gael, a seven-year-old from Honduras, was spotted by a Univision news crew when he arrived on a boat with 11 other migrants after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico last Monday. Roma, Texas, Texas.
Last Monday, a seven-year-old from Honduras, identified as Gael, was captured on camera by Univision getting off a boat in Roma, Texas, after he and 11 other migrants were transported from Mexico across the Rio Grande. His mother had extradited him to smugglers in Mexico so that he could reunite with his father, who lives in the US.
Ten-year-old Wilton Obregón from Nicaragua made headlines on April 1 when he appeared in a video recorded by an off-duty Texas border agent sobbing for help after being left in a desert area by a group of migrants he was traveling with.
On March 30, Ecuadorian sisters Yareli and sister Yasmina, aged 3 and 5, respectively, were dumped by smugglers above a border wall between the United States and Mexico in Texas.
El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez offers snacks to the two Ecuadorian girls who were abandoned by people smugglers and fell over a 14-foot border wall in New Mexico last Tuesday. An official at the Ecuador consulate in Houston told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that the children will be reunited with their parents, who live in New York.
Data released by US Customs and Border Protection on April 8 detailed a 70% increase in border encounters in March – a 20 year record high – at the southwest border.
Border agents detained 172,331 migrants in March, after detaining 101,028 people in February.
The agency also reported that 18,663 unaccompanied children had been taken into custody in March. Border Patrol affected 9,271 underage migrants who illegally entered the United States from Mexico in February.