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A Little Boy Was Found Alone in Mexico And Police Are Searching for His Family In the U.S.

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Officials in the United States and in Mexico are in desperate need of information regarding a little boy who was discovered completely alone in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Feb. 22. Officials do not know his exact age, but estimate he is 2 or 3 years old. They’re also not sure about his nationality — although he was found in Mexico, the boy understands and speaks English.

We spoke to El Paso Police Officer Enrique Carrillo, who said the United States is involved in the case because a supervisor with the El Paso Police Department’ Crime Against Persons heard about the boy while at a conference in Mexico.

While it’s not standard practice for the U.S. to be involved in missing persons cases in Mexico, according to Carrillo, the supervisor believed they had to help in case the boy is actually an American citizen.

According to the El Paso Police Department, the child is described as Latino, 3’ tall, weighing 40 pounds, short brown hair, brown eyes, birthmark above the left eyebrow, found wearing blue sweatpants, black shoes, shirt, with a possible first name of “Luis.”

A CBS news affiliate reported that officers from the El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit are “working with Mexican authorities to identify the boy and any family members he might have.”

Anybody with information about this found child is asked to call the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4400 or Crime Stoppers of El Paso at (915) 566-8477.

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ICE Raids Could Put This City Into Violent, Familiar Territory

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ICE Raids Could Put This City Into Violent, Familiar Territory

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The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to racial tensions. In 1965, the Watts riots resulted in the deaths of 34 people, and resulted in more than $40 million in damages. Decades later, the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992 led to the largest riot in the history of the United States.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is now worried, The Hill reports, that ICE’s recent crackdown on Los Angeles’ undocumented population is setting the stage for another racially-charged event. Garcetti is concerned that ICE officers are compromising the relationship the LAPD has developed with its undocumented population, which isn’t just limited to Latinos, but people from all parts of the globe.

In the Los Angeles area, where nearly one million residents are undocumented, ICE agents have reportedly identified themselves as police officers to gain the trust of undocumented people before detaining them. While trickery like this works for ICE, the tactic has created distrust among Los Angeles authorities, who need the undocumented population for crime prevention. As Mayor Garcetti told Latino USA, “[…] when ICE calls themselves police, people open that door expecting to see LAPD. It’s bad for ICE, and it’s bad for LAPD.”

Check out the whole audio interview Mayor Garcetti gave Latino USA here.

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