Human Smugglers Dump Small Children on Border Riverbank in Texas

Border Patrol agents rescue four young children on the north bank of the Rio Grande. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescued four shivering children left alone on the north bank of the river separating Texas and Mexico. Agents located the children walking on the riverbank after being picked up on video surveillance equipment.

Brownsville Station Border Patrol agents received information about four small children walking alone on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. An agent operating electronic surveillance equipment first noticed the children and passed the info along to agents patrolling the border river, according to information obtained from Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol officials. Shortly after observing the children, the Remote Video Surveillance System operator witnessed a raft moving across the river to Mexico.

Human smugglers marked a name and U.S. phone number on the shirt of a child abandoned on the Rio Grande riverbank. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Human smugglers marked a name and U.S. phone number on the shirt of a child abandoned on the Rio Grande riverbank. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Agents arrived on the scene and found the four young children walking along the levee. Agents said the children were wet and shivering.

The agents quickly placed the four children in a vehicle and turned up the heater. They then transported the abandoned children to the station for processing and medical screening.

Agents report the children were two sets of siblings. They identified the children as Honduran and Salvadoran nationals — ages seven, six, four, and four, officials reported.

Officials said the four children had names and U.S. phone numbers written on their clothing. Agents put the children in dry, warm clothes and turned them over to medical staff for evaluation.

Human smugglers marked a name and U.S. phone number on the shirt of a child left in custody of a non-family member. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

Human smugglers marked a name and U.S. phone number on the shirt of a child left in the custody of a non-family member. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

One day earlier, Fort Brown Station Border Patrol agents found a three-year-old girl from Honduras in the care of a Venezuelan woman who had just illegally crossed the border, officials stated. The woman told the agents the child was not hers and that human smugglers instructed her to take the child with her into the United States.

The Venezuelan illegal alien said she had no clue about the child’s identity. “The woman added the only reason she complied with the smugglers’ instructions was she felt it was in the best interest and safety of the child,” officials stated.

Officials found a Honduran birth certificate on the child and a name and phone number on the child’s shirt.

Officials did not report what will be done with the five children.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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