5 Abandoned Unaccompanied Migrant Children Found In Texas Sweltering Heat

5 Abandoned Unaccompanied Migrant Children Found In Texas Sweltering Heat

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
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May 11, 2021

​Five young abandoned migrant girls, all under the age of 7 were discovered by a Texas farmer Sunday resting on the ground in the hot sun on his ranch land along the border near Quemado near the Rio Grande River.

A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Eagle Pass Station responded to a call from the farmer, identified as Jimmy Hobbs from Maverick County, Texas who said he was making his morning rounds on his farm when he spotted the five girls.

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said in a statement after encountering the five young girls. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

Three of the girls, ages 7, 3, and 2 according to Customs and Border Protection are believed to be from Honduras, while the other two girls are Guatemalan nationals ages 5 and 11 months.

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) tweeted a “heartbreaking” photo of the five unaccompanied children Sunday night.

“Take a good hard look at the #BidenBorderCrisis These young girls were found outside a ranch near Quemado, Texas in #TX23. The Del Rio Sector border patrol tell me they are uninjured, healthy, and in good spirits,” Gonzales tweeted. “POTUS enough is enough let’s work together solve this crisis.”

Gonzales spoke with Hobbs who said after he found the “baby girls” hungry and crying with the 11 months old was naked and crawling because she was too young to walk. He said that after he called CBP, he provided them shelter and gave them some food and water, adding it was so hot outside, with the temperature over 100 degrees that he did not believe they would have survived if he had not spotted them.

“It was about 8:30 in the morning, just driving along and all of a sudden I see them there, beside the bank, here on the river, five little baby girls all by themselves, hungry, crying. One didn’t have any clothes on,” Hobbs told Gonzales.

Hobbs noted that he lived on the farm since 1946 and he has “never” experienced any situation at the border so bad.

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife said. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering,”

The children did not require medical attention according to CBP, and the girls​ ​were transported to the Uvalde Station to be placed under the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services once they were processed.​

Biden’s decision in unraveling many of  Trump-era border policies by ending the construction of southern border wall and immediately suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy would become a welcoming call for migrants who waited a long time to cross the border, including thousands of unaccompanied minors.

On Monday, Fox News cameras captured a group of more than 50 illegal immigrants wading across the Rio Grande into Texas, confirming that the border is not closed despite the Biden administration insisting it is. The Biden administration according to records has awarded about $3 billion in contracts to shelter unaccompanied illegal immigrant children since February

CBP Del Rio sector has averaged more than 700 apprehensions every day the last week, as Border Patrol reported apprehending more than 5,000 migrants in the last week alone.

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