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6-Year-Old Found Abandoned by Smugglers in Desert, Border Patrol Says

6-Year-Old Found Abandoned by Smugglers in Desert, Border Patrol Says

Mexican Border in the Sonoran Desert west of Lukeville, Arizona, and Sonoyta, Mexico, on Oct. 14, 2017. (Thomas Vieth/Dreamstime)

By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 08:20 AM

A 6-year-old Costa Rican boy was found abandoned allegedly by smugglers in the Arizona desert with temperatures above 100 degrees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Wednesday.

Ajo Station Border Patrol agents discovered the child west of Lukeville, Arizona, just north of the U.S./Mexico border, Tuesday evening, according to the statement. The statement added that the boy was in good condition and taken to Tucson for processing.

The child told border agents that his uncle dropped him there and that Border Patrol would pick him up. The child added that he was on his way to see his mother in the U.S., the statement said.

"This incident highlights the dangers faced by migrants at the hands of smugglers," the U.S Customs and Border Protection statement said. "Children in particular are extremely vulnerable, not only to exploitation, but also to the elements in the environment.

"Arizona's desert is a merciless environment for those unprepared for its remote, harsh terrain and unpredictable weather," the statement continued.

The incident comes at the Trump administration is facing criticism for its "zero tolerance" policy on immigration enforcement along the U.S./Mexico border where many cases of unlawful border crossing are being prosecuted, Newsweek noted.

The result of the policy has led to more than 2,000 children being separated from their families as people were apprehended in border crossings, Newsweek reported. That separations have become a flash point for national debate and outrage by liberals.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to curtail the separations and detain families together, Newsweek stated.

The United Nations, some Democratic and Republican lawmakers and religious groups had sharply criticized the "zero tolerance" policy, calling it inhumane.

Steven Wagner, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the U.S. is prepared to handle the children humanely.

"We have specialized facilities that are devoted to providing care to children with special needs and tender age children as we define as under 13 would fall into that category," Wagner had said. "They're not government facilities per se, and they have very well-trained clinicians, and those facilities meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they're staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs — particularly of the younger children."

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A 6-year-old Costa Rican boy was found abandoned allegedly by smugglers in the Arizona desert with temperatures above 100 degrees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Wednesday.
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