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Toddler, brother abandoned at the border with note on clothes

As the migrant crisis on the US southern border continues to escalate, authorities posted pictures showing two brothers, ages 2 and 6, whom they had found abandoned with no more than a note written on their clothing to identify them.

The toddler and his older brother were found by Border Patrol agents Tuesday morning near La Grulla, Texas, among a group of 18 immigrants from Guatemala, including six other children crossing into the US without a legal guardian.

The young siblings had notes written on their T-shirts giving their names and contact information for a relative in the US.

“Many of the unaccompanied children encountered by Border Patrol are very young and unable to provide names or phone numbers of family members,” the Border Patrol said in a press release.

“To locate a (child’s) next of kin, agents must rely on information written on articles of clothing or handwritten notes found among their property, adults within the group, and/or the consulate of their home country.”

Border patrol agents found two unaccompanied minors traveling from Guatemala.
Border Patrol agents found two unaccompanied minors traveling from Guatemala.
US Customs and Border Protection

Unaccompanied minors who reach the US’s southern border don’t get deported immediately. The children are placed into the care of the federal government until the child can be sent to family in the US or, if it is determined they do not have family here, sent back to their home country.

That US policy has led to 140,186 unaccompanied immigrant children arriving at the US southern border in 2022, according to Border Patrol statistics.

It’s also resulted in a growing number of illegal immigrants posing as children in an effort to avoid deportation — with close to 700 juvenile imposters nabbed in the El Paso, Texas, area alone since October, the Border Patrol said.

The two migrant children wore white shirts with contact information on the back.
The two migrant children wore white shirts with contact information on the back.
US Customs and Border Protection
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Joel Martinez tweet the two unaccompanied minors were two and six years old.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Joel Martinez tweeted that the two unaccompanied minors were 2 and 6 years old.
US Customs and Border Protection

​On September 19, border officials released figures showing they had arrested more than 2 million illegal immigrants ​in the past 11 months — a record high driven by a hike in migration from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, according to figures released by Customs and Border Protection.​

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