Honduran migrant boy, 4, found traveling alone by U.S.-Mexico border

Migrants from Central America who arrived illegally from Mexico to the US to seek asylum across the Rio Grande river speak with border patrol agents after arriving at a makeshift processing center run by border patrol agents at the border city of Roma

Migrants from Central America who arrived illegally from Mexico to the US to seek asylum across the Rio Grande river speak with border patrol agents after arriving at a makeshift processing center run by border patrol agents at the border city of Roma

The agency said the two toddlers, aged 3 and 5, were sisters who had traveled from Ecuador.

Mexico's government says people smugglers recommend migrants take children with them on their journey from Central America to make it easier to apply for asylum in the United States.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez said her agency was working with Mexican authorities to look into the incident. She said if they had not been seen, the girls could have been left in the desert for hours. After both children land on the ground, the person atop the fence climbs back down to the Mexico side before two people are seen running away.

"We are now working with our law enforcement partners in Mexico and attempting to identify these ruthless human smugglers so as to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", Chavez said.

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering US and European politics for Fox News.

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While HHS has been scrambling to find enough beds for the minors arriving at the southern border, the department is on track to open nine emergency housing facilities for migrant children, repurposing convention centers, camps for oil workers and military bases with the objective of adding more than 16,000 beds by the end of April.

The border barrier where it occurred is what was described as legacy fencing, and not new border wall. Meanwhile, the amount of children trying to cross the border alone jumped by 61% to over 9,400, the highest monthly total since the spring of 2019, according to statistics released last month by CBP.

A Border Patrol official at an overcrowded facility in Donna, Texas, in the southeastern part of the state, said Tuesday that "the smugglers just drop them off" near the border, referring to children.

Numerous border crossers, as detailed by the Center for Immigration Studies' Todd Bensman, are being rewarded one-year permits to live in the U.S.in a process known as "parole". In an effort to speed things up, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has ordered case workers who are tasked with facilitating these transfers to work seven days a week.

"The inhumane way smugglers abuse children while profiting off parents' desperation is criminal and morally reprehensible", Mayorkas said.

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