The boy was reportedly abandoned by a group when he was asleep.
In a heartbreaking video, a frightened child was captured on video asking a Border Patrol officer for help after he was allegedly abandoned by a larger group of migrants along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. In the video recorded on Thursday, the boy can be seen sobbing and saying that he wasn't traveling with his parents, and wasn't sure where the group he was with went, NBC News reports. Customs and Border Protection officers said the boy was a 10-year-old migrant from Nicaragua and he was found wandering all alone in a deserted area on a rural road near La Grulla, Texas.
A Border Patrol agent recorded the moment he encountered a crying migrant boy who had been abandoned in southern Texas pic.twitter.com/MFRpPHnIKC— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) April 7, 2021
As per the report, the boy woke up to realize he had been left behind by a group of migrants he was traveling with. Thankfully, he is now safe at a Border Patrol facility and is scheduled to be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement. The incident comes amid a rise in the number of unaccompanied minors at the border, who are fleeing horrific conditions in Central America and other places. "Somebody could rob or kidnap me, I'm scared," the sobbing child says in the video, according to The Hill. When the officer asked if he crossed the border with his mother or father, he responded. "No, no. I came with a group and they left me behind."
People online are expressing their sadness at seeing a helpless child beg, with many criticizing his parents for putting him in such a situation. Commenting on an ABC News coverage of the issue, a user wrote: "This is so sad. Kids should not be going through this. The proper authorities from both counties need to do something to stop this, this poor kid was able to make it alive, but how many died, or like he said were kidnapped on the way to the border. Praying for an end to this!" Another user commented: "That poor little boy. He must have been so scared, walking alone and thinking he could be kidnapped or hurt at any minute. It's just really sad."
My heart breaks for ALL of children coming to our Texas Border. The abandoned little boy crying to the brave Border Patrol Agent totally broke my heart. I want to take them in and give them a safe and loving home.— BetterBeauty&Skin (@BetterbeautyS) April 7, 2021
As of Monday, close to 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been put in federal custody, according to US Health and Human Services and Customs and Border Protection data. "It is unconscionable that anyone would abandon these small children, and those responsible for smuggling events like this will be aggressively prosecuted," Aaron Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent said in a statement to NBC News. Since the Biden administration came into force, a new policy that is vastly different from the one employed by the Trump government has been instated. According to the rule, the administration will expel migrants except for minors who come alone. This is in contrast to Trump's policy where all asylum-seekers including children were turned away under a pandemic rule called Title 42.
Fixed it for you: Border patrol found a terrified young boy, crying and wandering alone in the middle of the Texas desert near the border.— Peter Milliron (@PLMilliron) April 7, 2021
This little boy is suffering the consequences of decades long inaction by Congress but especially DonaldTrump’s inhumane border policy.
President Joe Biden said there has been a seasonal increase in migration, and he put the blame on the previous administration for neglecting Central America and its problems that caused an increase in migration. He added that most people arriving at the borders are being turned away. In a press conference last month, Biden said: "The only people we are not going to let sit there on the other side of the Rio Grande by themselves with no help are children." The decision to put children in detention facilities comes as a way to protect them from human trafficking rings who use the uncertainty to kidnap children.
This breaks my heart 💔, this is unacceptable how can they allow this to happen? That poor child I hope they put him somewhere safe. 😢😩— irene dunbar (@irenedd46) April 7, 2021
Just last month, two young children from Ecuador, three and five years of age, were dropped over a 14-foot barrier along the New Mexico-Mexico border. The girls, who were fending for themselves, were then rescued by Border Patrol facilities, while many officials expressed outrage at the abuse children suffer at the hand of smugglers.
he's suffering from a system in which the only legal way for him to immigrate is to turn himself in to border patrol and hope a judge rules in his favor, even though he has no right to legal representation and asylum is focused on political persecution.— Chele😬Veneno (@chele_veneno) April 7, 2021