“A profound moment captured as a #RGV Border Patrol Agent ensures the safety of a child, by leading her from harm’s way, after being abandoned by human smugglers.”United States Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Chief Border Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez describing the photo shown in this write-up.
In late August, Chavez noted that Border Patrol Agents in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) sector of the Southern border have encountered more than 48,000 unaccompanied children “abandoned at the border” this fiscal year (Oct. 2022 – Sept. 2023).
Big Picture: Encounters at the U.S. Southwest border totaled 232,972 in August – an increase from the previous month AND a 14% increase from last year at the same time. Plus ~ These figures do not account for the recent surges in September. On Saturday, El Paso’s mayor said the city has reached “a breaking point” with more than 2,000 people seeking asylum in the city per day. The number of families encountered has continued to increase this year, compared to previous years. We discussed more about the Northern and Southern border in our SCOOP Report this Monday – check it out at www.SCOOP.SmartHERNews.com or on podcasting platforms everywhere.
by Leah Grainery, based in Texas