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Family of child abandoned at the US border recognizes him and asks for repatriation

The Nicaraguan boy is in a Donna, Texas detention center, where he underwent medical examinations, the Border Patrol reported. The vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, said that it was possible to locate the father of the minor.

This week, a video of a 10-year-old boy asking the US Border Patrol for help after being abandoned by a group of migrants at the border with Mexico circulated on social media. The minor’s family recognized him and began the procedures for his repatriation.

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Nicaragua’s vice president, Rosario Murillo, told official media that her government is taking steps with Mexico and the United States to locate him and his mother, since the minor was traveling with his mother, Meyling Obregón, whose whereabouts are unknown. Murillo reported that this Friday they sent the request to Interpol to find the whereabouts of both. The Nicaraguan boy is in a Donna, Texas detention center, where he underwent medical examinations, the Border Patrol reported.

The boy was on a rural road near La Grulla, 50 kilometers west of McCallen. In a statement, the Patrol explains that the ten-year-old boy “was distraught and crying” because when he woke up he realized that the group of migrants with whom he was traveling “had abandoned him.” The minor was taken to the Border Patrol detention center in Donna and authorities contacted his family, according to the KTSA television station in San Antonio.

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Murrillo informed the local press that it was possible to locate the father of the minor who said that on February 7 his wife and their son left the country for the United States. “On April 7, he learned from the news that the child had He was rescued by Migration and he thought it was the mother who left him to be rescued. Our police are making arrangements to locate Meyling, ”said the vice president, according to the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa.

The minor’s uncle, Misael Obregón, who resides in the United States, explained to a Nicaraguan digital medium that his relatives had been rejected at the border and deported to Mexico. Back in Mexico, Misael said, mother and son were kidnapped by coyotes who, after a negotiation, released only the child.

In recent statements to the US media, Brian Hastings, head of the border patrol in the Rio Grande Valley, said he has evidence that many families voluntarily separate and send only children to try to cross again, after a first expulsion. Many migrants, he pointed out, are carried away “sometimes by the illusion and mirage of seeking better living conditions because the world is difficult, especially with this pandemic.”

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