Video of Abandoned Migrant Boy Found Crying for Help in Desert Goes Viral
Young child found wandering alone by off duty Border Patrol agent
A video has gone viral that shows the heartbreaking moment a crying 10-year-old migrant child was found wandering alone by a U.S. Border Patrol officer near the Mexico-United States border in Texas.
The abandoned boy can be seen walking toward the Border Patrol agent and crying for help because he had been dumped near the Rio Grande River by human traffickers.
"It's that I was coming with a group and they abandoned me and I do not know where they are at," the young boy tells the officer in Spanish.
The boy is just one of the hundreds of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States illegally every day amid Joe Biden's spiraling border crisis.
171,000 migrants were caught by US authorities at the border in March, new government statistics released last week revealed.
The figure is the highest monthly total in two decades and the latest sign of the mounting humanitarian crisis being fueled by Biden's anti-Trump immigration policies.
The total includes about 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children and 53,000 family members traveling together, the preliminary figures showed.
The March arrest totals at the US-Mexico border represent the highest monthly level since April 2000 when border patrol agents caught more than 180,000 migrants.
For many, the video of the abandoned boy brings home the reality of the Democrat-controlled government's handling of the border crisis that has allowed the U.S. Southern Border to become flooded with drug smugglers, human traffickers, and abandoned children.
In the video, the child is seen sobbing and asking for help, telling the off-duty agent who was on his way home, "They can rob me, kidnap me, I'm scared."
The video is taken from the perspective of the agent who is seen driving down the road when he sees the boy walking toward him.
The agent parks and exits his vehicle, and the boy asks him twice in Spanish, "Can you help me?"
"What happened?" the agent asks, according to the translation provided by CNN.
"It's that I was walking with a group and they left me behind, and I don't know where they're at," the boy cries.
The agent then asks, "You don't know where you're at?
"They left you behind alone?"
And the boy replies, "Of course they left me."
"They left you behind by yourself?" the agent asks again.
"You're not traveling with your mom or dad or anybody?"
The child, still sobbing, says, "Nobody.
"I was with a group to turn myself in with you, and they left me behind and I came to look for help."
"They left you behind and told you to seek help?" the agent asked.
"No," said the boy, "I came looking because I didn't know where to go, and they can also kidnap me."
According to Univision, the footage was first released on social media, and the border agent did take the unidentified child into his vehicle and to safety.
The outlet reported that the boy "survived throughout the night in an area of the desert where rattlesnakes and wild animals abound."
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Chief Brian Hastings also shared the video with CNN "to underscore the concern over the danger associated with the increase in unaccompanied children" crossing into the U.S.
According to Hastings, "migrant families are 'self-separating' in Mexico, sending children alone to cross into the United States after first having been expelled," the outlet reported.
The abandoned boy was reportedly found April 1, just one day after the Border Patrol released footage of smugglers dropping 3-year-old and 5-year-old sisters from a 14-foot border wall and abandoning them.
All three children were taken into U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody for care.