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The border crisis is intensifying with the arrival of more migrants and above all with the heartbreaking image of abandoned girls, hungry and waiting to be rescued.
A farmer in Texas found five abandoned migrant girls, all under the age of seven and in dire conditions. Three of the girls are believed to be from Honduras and the other two from Guatemala.
The farmer, who owns land in Quemado, near the Rio Grande, said the girls were hungry and crying, and one of them was naked and so small she could not walk. The farmer said it was very hot, so he gave them shelter and food before authorities arrived.
According to Fox News, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the girls will be in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services once they are processed.
“Unfortunately, this happens far too often now. If it weren’t for our community and law enforcement partners, these girls could have faced temperatures of over 100 degrees without help,” Border Patrol Chief Agent Austin Skero told ABC7, calling the discovery “heartbreaking.”
Border crisis: lost migrants are also coming from Venezuela
On May 10, a video of dozens of migrants crossing the Rio Grande went viral. Most of them came from Venezuela. They are a group of 46 migrants who after stepping on American soil were detained by the authorities while waiting to know how their situation will be dealt with.
Bill Melugin, Fox News correspondent, published a series of videos on his Twitter account showing the arrival of the foreigners. When asked about their origin, most of them answered that they were from Venezuela.
After being received by local police officers, the migrants were handed over to CBP agents, who are in charge of processing the cases.
According to Dallas News, “Venezuelans are generally making it across the border at Del Rio, where they can apply for asylum; but Central Americans are being returned.”
In March, CBP recorded a 71% increase in the detention of undocumented immigrants at the border over the previous month, bringing arrests to a 15-year high.
The number of unaccompanied minors increased 100 percent in one month, totaling more than 18,890 children.