USBP rescues 2 abandoned children
JACUMBA, California—US Border Patrol agents rescued two children who had been abandoned along the border near Jacumba on Monday afternoon.
Around 3pm, agents spotted a man and woman walking with two young children south of the border. Agents watched the couple and watched them lift the young children over large boulders in an area where the border wall ends on the side of a mountain adjacent to the large boulders.
Agents quickly arrived in the area and found the children alone and crying. The children, a six-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl, were unable to communicate with the agents except to give their names.
The children were transported to a nearby border patrol station for care and treatment. At the train station, the children gave agents a handwritten note with their mother’s name and phone number. The siblings also had their mother’s name and phone numbers in markers on their forearms.
Agents contacted the mother and were able to get additional information for the children. The children have been processed and will be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services.
“It is ruthless for anyone to abandon these young children and those responsible for such smuggling incidents will be aggressively prosecuted,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said. “Fortunately, our agents were able to rescue these siblings quickly.”
To prevent the illegal smuggling of people, drugs, and other contraband, the US Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance in the exit corridors from our nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the US Border Patrol, contact the San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.