HIDALGO, Texas – McAllen Border Patrol Agents discover a one year old child abandoned among a group of 18 illegal aliens.
Yesterday before dawn, McAllen agents working near Hidalgo, Texas, apprehended a group of 18 subjects that illegally entered into the United States. During the encounter, agents attempted to identify all the subjects and found that no one claimed a one year old child. The one year old unaccompanied child from El Salvador was in possession of a hand written note with her name and contact information of several family members. Additionally, the female child’s sweatshirt had contact information for an aunt written on the lining as well as a US phone number marked on her upper left thigh. Agents were able to contact the aunt who advised them that she was unaware of the mother’s current whereabouts.
Medical staff evaluated the child for medical needs before transporting her to a Border Patrol station.
Border Patrol processed the child accordingly.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”
Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation. The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.