Mexico finds 3-year-old Honduran boy near US border alone

Migrants from Central America who arrived illegally from Mexico to the US to seek asylum across the Rio Grande river speak with border patrol agents after arriving at a makeshift processing center run by border patrol agents at the border city of Roma

In a press conference this week, Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chief Mark Morgan said the Biden administration has released a total of 45,000 border crossers and migrants into the us interior.

Fox News reported that the number of unaccompanied children arriving the the southern border "has been rising for weeks", as the the Biden administration struggles to "deal with the influx". The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can eventually extend these permits.

Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez in the El Paso sector, which includes parts of Texas and New Mexico, said an agent using a remote camera was able to spot a person straddling the barrier. The child bounces off the ground and lays stunned before getting up.

Chavez said CBP is working with authorities in Mexico to identify the "ruthless human smugglers" and hold them "accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

The agency said the two toddlers, aged 3 and 5, were sisters who had traveled from Ecuador. The two toddlers were alert when the agents made contact with them, according to CBP.

They were taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons and evaluation.

The children were medically cleared and remain in custody of border patrol, pending placement by the Department of Health and Human Services, which is charged with the long-term care of most unaccompanied children. "We are now working with our law enforcement partners in Mexico and attempting to identify these ruthless human smugglers so as to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law".

From March 15 to March 21, the number of unaccompanied migrant children who had been in CBP custody for more than 240 hours increased from 185 to 823, a almost five-fold increase, according to data obtained by ABC News from a source.

President Joe Biden's administration is facing growing pressure to confront the situation and criticisms about how the unaccompanied minors have been cared for while under United States government custody.



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