On the heels of the two small children being rescued at the border in New Mexico comes another heartbreaking tale of children abandoned along the border- this time in California.
Along the southeastern border of the U.S. and Mexico, border agents picked up two siblings, a 5-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, who were left on the U.S. side of the border.
Agents witnessed children being lifted over boulders at the end of the border wall by a man and a woman around 3 p.m. According to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jeff Stephenson, border agents found the children by themselves and crying upon arrival.
They were only able to give agents their names. At a nearby Border Patrol station, the kids gave agents a note with their mom’s name and contact information. Her number was also on their forearms.
Contacting Their Mother
Agents were able to get in touch with the sibling’s mother and get more information about the two children from her. They were both taken to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Both of the children are Mexican nationals. However, that is all the information Border Patrol could provide since it is an ongoing investigation.
“It is unconscionable that anyone would abandon these small children and those responsible for smuggling events like this will be aggressively prosecuted,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a statement. “Thankfully, our agents were able to quickly rescue these siblings.”
Border Patrol believes that many of these drops of children at the border are diversionary tactics being used by smugglers, so agents’ time is consumed elsewhere.
According to Fox5 San Diego, investigators see a rise in these types of cases and truly believe it is to mask smugglers’ true goals.
“This is definitely a diversionary tactic,” Border Patrol agent Angel Moreno said. “I don’t think it’s anything new, but it is something that, as the numbers increase in apprehensions, I think we’re going to see smugglers to go to any extent, any length to try and distract our agents so they can get their contraband or people are narcotics across.”
Unfortunately, smugglers do not care about the well-being of these children. Whether they are using them as bait or just delivering them to the border, the children’s only hope is being seen by border patrol agents.