Human Smugglers Abandon 6-year-old Boy at Walmart


EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents with the assistance of local law enforcement officers encountered an unaccompanied Salvadoran child in Brownsville. They also arrested 34 individuals in multiple unrelated smuggling incidents.

CBP Photo of Abandoned 6 year old child.  (Contributed/CBP)

CBP Photo of Abandoned 6 year old child.  (Contributed/CBP)

Thursday night, Brownsville Police Department officers informed the Brownsville Border Patrol Station that they found a six-year-old boy alone at a local Wal-Mart.

Agents responded and determined the child to be an unaccompanied juvenile migrant from El Salvador.  He was medically screened and in good health.  He was transported to a Border Patrol facility where he provided the agents contact information for an aunt in Houston. Authorities are investigating the incident.

As of the end of July, RGV agents have encountered more than 56K unaccompanied juvenile migrants this fiscal year.

Thursday morning, RGV agents received information that a residence in Mission, Texas was harboring illegal aliens.  Agents responded to the location and encountered 20 adults illegally in the United States.  The illegal immigrants were identified as nationals of Central America and Mexico. No smugglers were identified at the location.

Thursday evening, RGV agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a white Chevrolet Silverado north of Edinburg. 

The vehicle failed to yield and fled. The truck pulled over momentarily allowing several subjects to jump out and fled into the brush nearby.  The driver was arrested without incident shortly after coming to a stop. Agents arrested two illegal immigrants from Mexico near the bailout.

All subjects are being processed accordingly.

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