Another heartbreaking video reflects the suffering faced by children abandoned at the border. Clutching a teddy bear, crying desperately and with deafening screams, a migrant child shouted, “Don’t go!” to a woman who left him alone on his journey to reach U.S. territory.
“Here, here! No, no! Don’t go, no!”, shouts the child, who at times was left speechless by the effort to make himself heard.
The child’s cries and screams attracted members of the border patrol, who after a few brief questions put the child in a van and took him away from the site.
Following the arrival of Democrat Joe Biden to the U.S. presidency, the number of migrants attempting to cross illegally from Mexico has multiplied.
A BBC News report revealed that during March and April more than 36,000 children crossed into the U.S. unaccompanied by an adult, a record in recent years. According to the Biden administration, more than 80% of them already have a family member in the country.
In April there were 178,000 arrests of undocumented immigrants at the border with Mexico, mostly Central Americans, the highest number in 20 years, according to official figures.
Children abandoned at the border
In addition to the great suffering faced by the children abandoned at the border, the BBC report reveals that upon arrival in American territory they also live in inhumane conditions.
The news agency interviewed girls who have already been released and told that they were crammed in plastic cubicles at very low temperatures; there were leaks in the pipes that caused them to wake up soaking wet and very cold.
Another complaint revealed by one of the girls interviewed by the BBC was that the authorities gave them rotten food and also threatened to keep them in detention for more days.
“Sometimes they would tell us that if we were making too much mess, they were going to punish us by leaving us there for more days,” Ariany told the BBC.
This is not the first time such allegations have surfaced; last April, Texas Governor Greg Abbott demanded the president respond about allegations of abuse and neglect under the watch of his administration.
“The Biden administration opened the borders and failed to plan for the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border, and now we are facing our worst fears with allegations of child abuse and neglect,” the governor said.
“The Biden administration opened the borders and failed to plan for the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border, and now we are facing our worst fears with allegations of child abuse and neglect,” he said.