Border Patrol Discover 3-Year-Old Alone Near Rio Grande With Only A Phone Number In His Shoe
Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew Albence went on Fox News to proclaim that the safety and security of children is their main priority.
“These children are being victimized,” Albence said on television today. “We know they are being trafficked. We know they are being recycled and sent back across the border numerous times by cartels to be utilized again and placed with a nonrelative adult just so that adult can be released because they know we can’t hold them.”
Such a declaration is hard to fathom considering at least three children have died either in ICE custody or soon after leaving in the past six months and let’s not get into their separation of families. There new policy under Albence will be put to the test now that they have an orphan on their hands.
Last week, border agents found a toddler alone with the only a phone number in his shoe.
According to NBC News, on April 25, the 3-year-old was walking alone and crying when the agents found him in the Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas.
Since then officials have been trying to find his parents and/or family members via that number, but they haven’t had any luck.
NBC News also reports that Rudy Karish, the chief Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande Valley, believes the child was part of a larger migrant group traveling to the border and that smugglers were in charge of the child before abandoning him.
The truth of how the child arrived at the Rio Grande Valley alone has yet to be determined; however, the timing of this incident is particularly interesting.
With so much recent talk of protecting children by the new acting ICE director, and the agency itself is slightly questionable to a shift in agenda. Is there new strategy on combatting asylum seekers and migrants at the border being turned into the welfare of the children by questioning adults in more forceful ways? Or is ICE attempting to be on the right side of the law after the backlash about their separations of families? That has yet to be known.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports that since March 30 they’ve seen a significant increase with approximately unaccompanied 32,000 children.
Furthermore, the government is already implementing two new tent cities to house the incoming of children.