Border Patrol rescues 4-year-old girl left alone by human traffickers as surge continues unabated
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Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector in Texas rescued a small child who they say had been left on a riverbank by human traffickers.
“Another 4 y/o girl (same age as the one who recently drowned) was found on the riverbank after a smuggler carried her across & left her there (no parents to be found),” Chief Border Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted Tuesday. “ The child is now safe thanks to our agents. “
TEXAS, USA – SEPTEMBER 19: Migrants are seen at the Rio Grande near the Del Rio-Acuna Port of Entry in Del Rio, Texas.
(International Bridge, photo by Charlie C. Peebles/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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The girl’s identity has not been released by officials. Officials have not released the identity of the girl. A four-year-old girl was dropped in the Rio Grande by her mother on March 4 and her body was found days later by Marine Units, according to CBS Austin.
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Approximately 220,000 illegal immigrants have evaded Border Patrol since October, a Department of Homeland Security official told Fox News last month, coming during months that are typically slower for border crossings.
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Former DHS officials, including those who served in leadership during prior administrations, told Fox News in January that the continuing migrant crisis at the border should be the top priority if shutting down trafficking is a goal of the Biden administration. When you don’t take immigration enforcement at the border seriously and you don’t take immigration enforcement seriously within the interior, human trafficking will expand and a lot people will get away with it because they don’t have a focus on them,” Thomas Homan, former director of DHS, told Fox News. When you increase the number people being smuggled into the country, the increase in trafficking follows. So if they are really serious about trying prevent it, they would secure our borders,” said Mark Morgan, former acting Commissioner for Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report
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