Smugglers reportedly abandoned a four-month-old baby and an 18-month-old toddler in the desert, rescued by U.S. Border Patrol’s Tuscon Sector
According to John R. Modlin, chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, a four-month-old infant and an 18-month-old child were recovered after being abandoned in the desert by smugglers.
“Yesterday smugglers left an infant and a toddler in the Sonoran Desert to die. This is cruelty. And it is gut-wrenching,” Modlin tweeted.
While the infant was unresponsive, he noticed that she was successfully resurrected. He added, “The heartlessness of smugglers cannot be understated.”
Fox 10 Phoenix stated that according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agent was informed by an arrested migrant group that the youths were on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, west of the Lukeville port of entry. The Associated Press stated that a migrant in a group of persons who had been detained revealed the whereabouts of the children to an agent.
Both news sources said that the infant and toddler were transported to a hospital before being released to Border Patrol custody.
Massive numbers of migrants continue to enter the southern border of the United States, a recurring crisis month after month.
“So far this year, Tucson Sector has seen a 12% increase in Unaccompanied Children being smuggled across the border over fiscal year 2021 and a 234% increase over fiscal year 2020,” CBP noted, according to Fox 10 Phoenix.
The Republican governors of Texas and Arizona have bused migrants to the nation’s capital city, albeit the travels are voluntary. The Pentagon has denied Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request to deploy the D.C. National Guard in order to help the city deal with the flow of migrants.
On Monday, Bowser tweeted, “we will continue fighting for DC statehood so that, in the future, when the Mayor of DC says that we need the support of the DC National Guard, she has the ability to deploy the Guard.”