Heartbreaking video captured by a US Border Patrol officer shows a scared boy, with tears in his eyes and pleading for help, after crossing the Rio Grande into Texas.
The seemingly abandoned boy carefully approaches the car of an off-duty Border Patrol officer on his way home down a dirt road and calls for help, according to a report.
“I came with a group. They left me, and I don’t know where they are, ”says the boy in Spanish while stifling sobs, showing the video of the meeting last Thursday and posted on the Univision website. “They can rob me, kidnap me. I’m scared.”
The agent took the boy, who appears to be between 10 and 12 years old, to a Border Patrol station.
He had spent the night in an area of the desert plagued with rattlesnakes and wild animals.
US Customs and Border Protection did not identify the child or say whether he was traveling with his parents.
“It’s just that I came with a group and they abandoned me and I don’t know where they are,” the boy, wearing a dark sweatshirt with yellow stripes, told the Border Patrol officer.
Don’t you know where they are? Did they leave you alone? the agent asked.
“They abandoned me,” he said. “I have come here to ask for your help.”
Gloria Chávez, head of the Border Patrol in the El Paso sector, told Univision that parents should think about the safety of their children before embarking on a dangerous journey to the border.
“To all the parents who are considering sending their unaccompanied children to the border, please reconsider that act because it is very dangerous to expose children,” he said.
The dramatic increase in unaccompanied migrant children at the border has overwhelmed federal detention centers, and the Biden administration has struggled to handle the onslaught of minors.
The feds have chosen to open military bases and convention centers and erect temporary buildings to house the children.
Up to 19,000 children are in custody in detention centers.
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Seeking a diplomatic solution to the influx, President Biden chose Vice President Kamala Harris as the administration’s key person on the problem.
Biden told reporters at the White House at the time of the announcement last month that Harris “will lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle and the countries that are going to need help to stop” migration.
Meanwhile, the administration said Tuesday it was considering starting construction on former President Donald Trump’s border wall after Biden stopped work when he entered the White House in January.
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, reportedly said that Customs and Border Protection presented a plan to his agency.
“But that leaves room to make decisions as the administration, as part of the administration, in particular areas of the wall that need renovation, particular projects that need to be finished,” Mayorkas said at a CBP staff meeting last week.
The work would involve “holes”, “doors” and areas “where the wall has been completed but the technology has not been implemented.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the wall at Tuesday’s briefing.
“The construction of walls remains on hold to the extent permitted by law, so some have already been financed with the authorization of Congress,” he said.
“Federal agencies continue to review the wall contracts and develop a plan to present it soon to the president. It is paused. There are some limited constructions that have been funded and allocated, but are otherwise on hiatus, ”he said.