EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents reunited a seven-year-old child with his mother after they separated in a Mission orchard.
On the early morning of Sept. 27, a McAllen Border Patrol Station agent observed 14 subjects crossing the Rio Grande south of Mission. Agents responded to the area and apprehended four migrants. A female Mexican national within the group stated she became separated from her four children in the orchard and did not know where they were. Agents and local law enforcement officers immediately searched the area and located three missing children, however, a 7-year-old boy was still missing.
Hours later, Agents gathered information of a residence in Edinburg, Texas possibly harboring the missing child. Agents with the assistance from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and encountered the 7-year-old missing boy, alone and in good health. No principal or caretaker was identified at the residence. The child was transported to be reunited with his awaiting family at a Border Patrol facility.
This fiscal year, RGV agents have performed over 1,000 rescues throughout the Rio Grande Valley. RGV urges immigrants not to jeopardize their lives by illegally entering the United States. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and to help save lives by reporting suspicious activity at 800-863-9382.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.