Local Border Patrol reunite mother-daughter who were separated by smuggler
By Bryan Ramos
s the Trump administration scrambles to reunite the nearly 3,000 children separated from their families at the border as a result of its family-separation policy, local border patrol agents came to the rescue of a three-year-old who was separated from her mother by smugglers.
“Yesterday, McAllen agents rescued a three year old separated from her mother by smugglers and abandoned in the river.
In the early afternoon hours, the McAllen Station received information from Hidalgo Port of Entry regarding possible illegal aliens underneath the bridge. As agents responded, they encountered a female claiming that her three-year-old daughter was missing. She stated that the guide/smuggler crossed her into the US alone. Then, as the smuggler attempted to cross her daughter, she observed them both drifting down river as she lost sight of them. She could not see if they had returned to Mexico or if her child drifted away by herself.
Harlingen Border Patrol Station riverine units and a National Guard helicopter deployed to the area in search of the child. Agents located the child walking on the river road and immediately checked the child for injuries before reuniting her with the mother. The child was unharmed and not in need of medical assistance.
The Rio Grande Valley Sector currently has multiple campaigns focused on rescues and danger awareness, such as “Operation Big Rig” and “No Se Arriesgue” to combat smuggling and ultimately save lives. Call 911 to report suspicious activity; “They’re humans, not cargo!”