Migrant brothers, 2 and 6, found abandoned in Texas with loved ones’ contact details on t-shirts

LA GRULLA, TEXAS: Two unaccompanied brothers, ages 2 and 6, were intercepted by border agents after traveling from Guatemala to Texas with contact information for their American relatives scrawled on their t-shirts. The unidentified siblings could not provide any information, as explained by US Customs and Border Protection, simply because they are “very young”. The incident took place on September 20 when officers encountered a group of 18 illegal migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba near La Grulla.

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According to a Daily mail report, the Rio Grande City Border Patrol Post (RGC) encountered unaccompanied non-citizens (NUC), underage siblings, in a group of more than a dozen other Guatemalan migrants. There were six other children who were stranded without a guardian. At this time, it is unclear whether the minors were on their way to their loved ones or whether officers were able to connect them or not. The official statement of CCP read: “On September 20, at around 6:30 a.m., RGC agents encountered a group of 18 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba near La Grulla. Among the group were eight NUCs, including two brothers, aged two and six, from Guatemala. Many unaccompanied children encountered by Border Patrol are very young and unable to provide names or phone numbers of family members. »

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The statement also added: “To locate a next of kin (of a child), officers should rely on information written on clothing or handwritten notes found among their belongings, adults within the group and/or the consulate of their country of origin. the migrants were medically examined by a Border Patrol emergency medical technician, who determined that they were in good health. The group was transported to the station for further investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol’s RGV sector posted on Facebook: “This morning, RGC officers encountered a group of 18 migrants near La Grulla. Among the group were two unaccompanied Guatemalan brothers, ages 6 and 2. Their shirts were scrawled with the names and phone numbers of their American contact.”

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Border Patrol statistics, as reported by the New York Post, reveal that under US policy that minors will not be deported immediately but will be in the care of the federal government until the child can be sent in his family in the United States, led to 140,186 unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the southern border of the United States in 2022 alone. The statistics also reveal that RGV officers met over 440,000 migrants during this fiscal year of which 71,000 are NUCs. More than two million migrants have been arrested at the Mexican border in one year for the first time in history.

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