Human Smugglers Abandon Migrant Children in Heatwave Along Texas Border

Children Eagle Pass
Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers rescued two young migrant children who had been abandoned in a brushy area by human smugglers along the Rio Grande border with Mexico. The children, who are four and seven years old, only had a sheet of paper with a contact number for two relatives in Alabama.

The incident occurred this week near Eagle Pass, Texas, where human smugglers had left a four-year-old boy and his seven-year-old sister near the Rio Grande. According to information released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the two children were from Chiapas, Mexico. In a 24-hour span, troopers deployed under Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star found two more abandoned children near Eagle Pass, one of the busiest human smuggling corridors into Texas, despite the life-endangering heat wave experienced during the past month.

Due to the lack of physical barriers at the border and the complicity of Mexican authorities, human smugglers have turned the state of Coahuila into one of the top routes for moving migrants and “asylum seekers” into Texas. Since the start of the year, there have been close to 100 fatalities on both sides of the border, Breitbart Texas reported.

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Earlier this year, Governor Abbott ordered the deployment of a series of border buoys in some high-traffic areas to keep migrants and asylum seekers from illegally entering the country. The move sparked much controversy from the Biden administration and Mexico’s government.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at     


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