A 6-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister were rescued on Monday by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in a rocky area of the California-Mexico border, where they were abandoned by human traffickers, the agency reported in a release.
The incident occurred on Monday at approximately 3 pm local time in California, when CBP agents saw a man and a woman walking with the two children hand in hand in the Jacumba, California area.
In that area the metal fence on the border is interrupted by large rocks and the side of a mountain. The two traffickers left the children on the rocks and fled to Mexican territory, the CBP statement details.
Officers arrived in the area and rescued the two children, “alone and crying,” according to the statement. The minors could not communicate with the agents, except to give their names.
The children were transported to a nearby Border Patrol station to be treated and processed. At the station, the minors provided officers with a handwritten note with their mother’s name and phone number. The brothers also had their mother’s name and phone number written on their forearms.
Agents contacted the mother and were able to obtain additional information about the children, who will be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“It is inconceivable that anyone would abandon these young children and those responsible for acts of trafficking like this will be aggressively pursued,” said San Diego CBP Chief Aaron Heitke. “Fortunately, our agents were able to quickly rescue these brothers.”
Mass arrival of unaccompanied minors
The Administration of President Joe Biden is faced with an avalanche of unaccompanied migrant minors. According to the most recent data, there are 4,231 children in the custody of CBP and 15,193 in the care of HHS.
This latest rescue of the two little brothers comes a week after a CBP video was revealed in which a man drops two girls of Ecuadorian origin, ages 3 and 5, from the top of the border wall, which is 14 feet tall (4.2 meters). The girls were rescued by border agents. The Consulate of Ecuador in Houston reported that the sisters have already spoken with their parents.
The number of undocumented immigrants in the US has risen significantly in recent months, with more than 100,000 trying to reach the country through the southern border in February and some 171,000 in March, the highest number in 15 years. From them, some 18,000 were minors.