Wednesday, April 7, 2021
NBC News (and here) broadcast a video showing a young boy approaching a U.S. border patrol agent last week, crying and alone, saying that he needed help after the group he was traveling with abandoned him. .
Customs and Border Protection said that the 10-year-old boy from Nicaragua was found walking alone on a rural road near La Grulla, Texas. He woke up and realized he had been left behind by a group of migrants. He now is safe at a Border Patrol facility and will be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
The incident comes amid a reported rise at the border of unaccompanied minors, fleeing conditions in Central America and other places. Even if there has been an increase, unaccompanied minors have been coming to the United States for many years. In the Flores settlement in 1997, the Clinton administration agreed to a protocol for the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children. The heartbreaking story of the 10 year old Nicaraguan is a story that has repeated itself time and again for decades. We as a nation should be focused on addressing the issues in humanitarian fashion, not making political hay out of human misery.