How do supporters feel about smugglers leaving children stranded at the border Smugglers Abandoning More Child?
McALLEN - The Salvadoran consul is trying to reunite a 9-year-old with her family after she was abandoned Saturday on the banks of the Rio Grande.
Border Patrol officials said they often find children who don't know where they are or where they are from.
"We've seen babies left out there alone," Border Patrol Spokesman Henry Mendiola said.
He said agents have found children abandoned near checkpoints, along the river and in the brush.
"Obviously they're going to be scared ... some have been out there 12 hours, 16 hours, 18 hours," Mendiola said.
One of the biggest challenges is finding where the children came from, Mendiola said.
The 9-year-old found along the banks of the Rio Grande near Havana said she is from El Salvador.
Mendiola said many of the children abandoned on the smuggling trails come from Central America.
Guatemalan Consul Alba Cacerez said hundreds of children from her country are left behind by smugglers every year.
"We are trying to find those families," Cacerez said.
Reuniting those children with their families is very difficult, she said.
"They only know their names, and sometimes they only know the first and second names for the fathers ... and we have many persons with the same names," Cacerez said.
The children often forget telephone numbers and even the names of their hometowns.
If there is anything positive about the trend is that Border Patrol finds some of the children. Many children disappear on the smuggling trails and are never found, Cacerez said.
She said her consulate issues several missing-children alerts every week.
- pkLv 77 years ago
I don't care.
Mexico needs to stop funneling people to the Rio.
These "parents" are dropping the kids off because they think a distant family member will adopt them and raise them.
The truth is, once you do that, and if the U.S. allows the child in, instead of mailing it to the nearest Mexican authority, the child is cut off from their parents.
They become a ward of the federal government and can not petition for a parent.
They can petition for a sibling though.
That will take 20+ years.
Then the sibling petitions for the parent.
That takes 6+ years.
So you're looking at about 25 or more years before being able to benefit from abandoning your kid and thinking of them as some type of Moses.
At 35 years old (the average age of people who do this), you'll be at least 60 before you legally enter the U.S.
But if USCIS sees them taking this route... they will deny the sibling petition or possibly lose it somewhere.
- hiroLv 43 years ago
really toddler-endangerment, utilising and exploiting. even if it really is toddler exploitation or unlawful adults crossing into u . s . a . of america, our authorities ought to implement our written regulations to stop unlawful immigration by technique of creating use of all approaches jointly with extra positive border securities and jailing ALL employers who employ illegals! this would stop unlawful immigration! we've a million million who enter illegally, and four million who stay right here even as there visa time is up...in step with twelve months. In border cities we are getting like Mexico, and violent and too 'crowded', if this isn't reversed we will be like a smaller India. Illegals value us excess of what they make contributions in tax. Over 2 billion a twelve months for illegals in Calif. colleges on my own! Illegals have damaged Calif. funds. How a lot worse does it ought to get earlier we act to go back illegals, and prevent those right here from having such quite a few childrens for the welfare and different loose facilities?!
- ozzy0zbourneLv 47 years ago
What is the question?
- Anonymous7 years ago
Why are they abandoned?