A border patrol agent discovers a five-week-old baby wrapped in a camouflage package while interrogating migrants near the Mexico-Arizona border.
- A five-week-old baby from Guatemala was nearly run over by a US Border Patrol agent on an ATV near the Mexico-Arizona border on February 16.
- The child was with his 38-year-old mother and was abandoned in the desert shortly before she and other migrants were stopped by agents.
- One of the officers was scanning the area for other migrants when he almost ran over a baby wrapped in camouflage.
- US Customs and Border Protection said the mother and baby were in good health but were deported to Mexico.
A US Border Patrol agent who encountered a group of undocumented migrants in the Arizona desert nearly ran over a five-week-old Guatemalan boy while riding an ATV looking for others traveling with the group.
Tucson sector agent Mike Jones and the rest of the unit from Aho Station approached the group after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico on February 16, Fox News reported.
Jones told the network that they interrogated the migrants around 7 p.m. local time as part of normal protocol and felt that they were withholding information. So the agent went off to inspect the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
“The questions we ask are if there is anyone else in the group,” Jones said. “Where is everyone else in the group? Nobody gave any answers.
A five-week-old boy from Guatemala was nearly run over by a US Border Patrol agent on February 16 while searching for migrants who had crossed from Mexico to Arizona. These people were stopped and questioned, but refused to say if other people were traveling with them. The agent was searching the area and stopped short of the camouflaged package before spotting the baby.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Mike Jones, assigned to Ajo Station in the Tucson sector, holds a five-week-old Guatemalan migrant boy after his mother abandoned him moments after crossing from Mexico on Feb. 16.
Jones said that at that moment one of the agents began to follow the tracks of the migrants on an ATV, dodging the package in time. He examined it and found the infant wrapped in a camouflage blanket.
Jones returned to the group with the baby. In the end, a 38-year-old woman from Guatemala came forward, claiming that she was the mother.
“In fact, I had to ask two more times more strictly, more strictly, until one woman decided very hesitantly to raise her hand and say that the child was hers,” Jones recalled.
The mother and child were processed and returned to Mexico via Lukeville, Arizona, by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the statement said.
A US Border Patrol agent found a five-week-old Guatemalan migrant boy wrapped in camouflage after he was abandoned by his 38-year-old mother on Feb. 16.
A US Border Patrol agent assists a five-week-old boy from Guatemala who was almost run over by an officer on an ATV while looking for more migrants after they ran into a group arriving from Mexico on Feb. 16.
A policy enacted during the administration of former Republican President Donald Trump in March 2020, Section 42 allows the CBP to remove migrants under a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ruling that considers them a health hazard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Joe Biden administration continued to enforce the law, but is now making sure that unaccompanied children are not subject to it.
Southwest border data released by the CBP last Friday showed 78,486 people were expelled to Mexico in January.
Under Trump, since March 2020, almost 400,000 migrants have been denied asylum and asylum at the border and returned to Mexico. The Biden administration has expelled more than 1.2 million people since he took office.
The total number of encounters with migrants stopped along the southern border for illegal entry fell by 14% in January, when border agents reported 153,941 detentions, down from 179,219 in December 2021.