Migrant brothers, 2 and 6, found abandoned in Texas with contact details of relatives on t-shirts
The incident took place on September 20 when US Customs and Border Protection encountered a group of 18 illegal migrants near La Grulla
LA GRULLA, TEXAS: Two unaccompanied brothers aged 2 and 6, were intercepted by border agents after they traveled from Guatemala to Texas with the contact details of their US relatives scrawled on their t-shirts. The unidentified siblings were unable to provide any information as explained by the US Customs and Border Protection simply because they are "very young." The incident took place on September 20 when the agents encountered a group of 18 illegal migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and Cuba near La Grulla.
According to a Daily Mail report, Rio Grande City Border Patrol Station (RGC) encountered noncitizen unaccompanied (NUC), minor siblings, in a group of more than a dozen other Guatemalan migrants. There were six more children who were stranded without any guardians. As of now, it is unclear whether the minors were en route to their relatives or if the agents have been able to connect them or not. The official statement by CBP read, "On September 20, at approximately 6:30 a.m., RGC agents encountered a group of 18 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and Cuba near La Grulla. Within the group were eight NUCs, to include two brothers, aged two and six, from Guatemala. Many of the unaccompanied children encountered by Border Patrol are very young and unable to provide names or phone numbers of family members."
The statement also added, "To locate a (child’s) next of kin, agents must rely on information written on articles of clothing or handwritten notes found among their property, adults within the group, and/or the consulate of their home country. The migrants were medically screened by a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician, who determined they were in good health. The group was transported to the station for further investigation." US Border Patrol RGV Sector posted on Facebook, "This morning, RGC agents encountered a group of 18 migrants near La Grulla. Amongst the group were two Guatemalan unaccompanied brothers, ages 6 & 2. Their shirts were scribbled with the names and phone numbers of their U.S. contact."
Border Patrol statistics, as reported by New York Post, reveal that according to the U.S. policy where minors will not be deported immediately but would be placed into the care of the federal government until the child can be sent to family in the US, has led to 140,186 unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the US southern border in 2022 alone. The statistics also reveal that RGV agents have encountered over 440,000 migrants this fiscal year where 71,000 are NUCs. More than two million migrants have been arrested at the Mexico border in a year for the first time in history.