US Border Patrol agents rescued five abandoned migrant girls who could have faced temperatures of more than 100 degrees if they did not receive help in time.
A statement from the agency indicates that the Eagle Pass station agents found three Honduran girls aged 7, 3 and 2 years old, as well as two Guatemalans aged 5 years and 11 months, near Normandy, Texas.
“If it weren’t for our community and our law enforcement partners, these girls could have faced temperatures in excess of 100 degrees without help,” said Austin L. Skero II, Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Officer.
The girls were first seen by a Maverick County agent, who immediately reported the situation to a Border Patrol colleague who was conducting a patrol in the area.
After the rescue, the minors were taken to the Uvalde station where they will be transferred to the Health and Human Services office. Not one of the girls required emergency medical attention.
Cases of unaccompanied minors are increasing on the border between Mexico and the United States. These children are victims of human smugglers who promise their parents to make the crossing and then leave them stranded in the face of many dangers.
In April, traffickers threw two girls, ages 3 and 5, from the top of the border wall into the United States and then fled without concern for the minors’ safety.
The fact was captured by a surveillance camera placed in the border area of New Mexico and thanks to this it was possible to rescue the minors in time.
In the middle of last month, elements of the Beta rescue group saved two minors abandoned in the Rio Grande. One of them was on an island about to suffer hypothermia and his brother stayed on the shore.
Also in April, the US Border Patrol rescued two minors who were left on large stones and with the mother’s phone number written on their arms.
Although the mother was contacted, the US authorities decided that the children should remain in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The latest data shared by UNICEF indicates that half of the minors in shelters in border cities of Mexico are not accompanied by their parents or other relatives.
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