Three-year-old boy from Honduras called for his ‘mamá and papá’ after he was smuggled from Mexico and abandoned at a river in Texas
- McAllen Border Patrol Station officers found an unaccompanied three-year-old boy from Honduras with a group of 47 migrants in Havana, Texas, on Sunday
- The child was spotted by the migrants moments after he had been abandoned on the banks of the Rio Grande
- Agents transferred the boy to a local border patrol facility where they discovered his mother’s phone number was written on the shirt he was wearing
An unaccompanied three-year-old boy from Central America was found among a group migrants who had been smuggled from Mexico across the Rio Grande in Texas – and were able to contact the boy’s family after finding a phone number scrawled on his shirt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officers assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol Station located the undocumented migrants around midnight Sunday in the border city of Havana.
The migrants informed the agents that they had come across the unaccompanied boy from Honduras.
Agents were not able to engage in a full conversation with the child, but he was able to utter ‘mamá’ and ‘papá’ before being taken to a nearby McAllen Border Patrol facility.
‘Agents discovered a phone number written on the child’s shirt,’ CBP said in statement. ‘Agents were able to contact the boy’s mother who confirmed the child to be a three-year-old citizen of Honduras.’
A three-year-old boy was not in the company of his parents or legal guardians when he was found alone on the banks of the Rio Grande when U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered a group of 47 migrants that had been smuggled from Mexico to Havana, Texas, across the Rio Grande on Sunday. The child, a native of Honduras, had his mother’s phone number written on a t-shirt he was wearing
Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officers assigned to the McAllen Border Patrol Station located 47 undocumented migrants, including a three-year-old unaccompanied Honduran boy, around midnight Sunday in the Texas border city of Havana
A spokesperson with Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol declined to comment to DailyMail.com on the whereabouts of the child’s mother.
Per immigration federal guidelines, unaccompanied migrant children interdicted at the border have to be placed in custody of the the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours.
The spokesperson said it was mostly likely the Honduran boy had been transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
According to CBP data on southwest land border encounters, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported 146,925 interdictions of migrants children were stopped for unlawfully crossing the United States-Mexico border throughout fiscal year 2021, which spanned from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 20201.
At least 39,904 of the children were Honduran nationals.
Rio Grande Valley Sector sectors stopped 76,286 children in fiscal year 2021, including 31,654 from Honduras.