Video of a child lost at the US border reflects the drama of migrants

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A migrant boy abandoned in the desert in Rio Grande, Texas.

A video published this week reflects the odyssey through which migrant minors who cross the Mexican border alone to reach the United States have to go through. Alone and scared, the 10-year-old boy turns to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent for help, who found him walking at a desolate point of entry into Texas.

“Can you help me?” Asks the Nicaraguan minor with eyes swollen with tears of the agent, who was not on duty and was returning home when he found him. “Aren’t you coming with Mommy or Daddy?” Asks the Border Patrol agent. “Nobody, I came with a group … and in the end I came here to ask for help.” The boy fell asleep in the middle of the journey and when he woke up the rest were gone.

“Here I can be robbed, kidnapped or something,” the minor is heard saying. The images were posted on Facebook by Anjel Fernández, a friend of the agent with a text advising that this area, in the Rio Grande Valley, is “infested with rattlesnakes.”

This took place on April 1 and now the American media has echoed it. The minor is in good health and was transferred to the CBP detention facility in the city of Donna, Texas. In recent days, this facility, precisely, has received criticism for the images of thousands of minors crammed inside cage-like facilities.

Thousands of unaccompanied minors

The publication on Facebook has been shared by 17,000 users at a time when the increase in migration has become one of the main controversies and focuses criticism of the Biden government. Meanwhile, the president blames the Trump administration for neglecting Central America and the root problems that drive migration and dismantling systems to treat migrants.

As of Monday, around 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children were in federal custody, as published by NBC.

Last week, the images captured by a security camera were also released, showing two girls of three and five years thrown over the wall of the southern border of the United States. In them it is observed how one of the girls falls on her face and remains motionless for a few seconds, while the other falls practically sitting down. Shortly after, some men, identified as human traffickers, throw a kind of package at them.

The scene was observed by border agents, who quickly located the minors and transferred them to the hospital, where the girls’ health status was examined.

Unaccompanied minors cannot be deported, so there are desperate parents who choose to make their children pass alone, so that they have a better future in the United States. Cases have multiplied since March, the month with the most irregular migrants registered since 2006.


Source: by www.huffingtonpost.es.

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