Two officers found the sisters, ages 4 and 6, alone in a swampy area along the Colorado River in Yuma. The area, south of the Morelos dam, “is a crossing point often used by unaccompanied migrant minors,” US border patrol sector Yuma said in a post on its Facebook page.
“An agent from the Yuma sector, concerned for their safety, quickly approached the young girls and escorted them to safer ground,” the post said, adding that the girls had a note containing their tia’s contact details, or aunt.
“The girls have been taken into custody and attempts will be made to reunite them with their families,” the post said.
The Yuma Sector of the Border Patrol did not say what would happen to the girls next. However, based on previous similar cases, they will first be detained by US Customs and Border Protection before being transferred to shelters run by the US Department of Health and Human Services, where they will be detained. until they are handed over to sponsors in the United States. States.
According to HHS, the vast majority of sponsors are relatives or relatives living in the United States. And statistics from the Department of Homeland Security show that the overwhelming majority of children from Central America to the United States are still here.
More than 400,000 migrant children have crossed the US border without their parents since 2003, for many reasons: some are fleeing persecution, gang violence or other forms of organized crime and dire economic situations in their country, and file asylum claims upon arrival in the United States. And sending a child to the border alone isn’t a decision a family takes lightly, according to CNN’s conversations with experts.
In addition to the contributing factors at play in the migrants’ countries of origin, the Biden administration’s decision to end a Trump administration policy that allowed the US government to deport children who came to the border without giving them the opportunity to seek asylum may also play a role in the influx of unaccompanied migrant children.
The Biden administration has stressed that the border is not open and authorities have vowed to turn back most adults and families crossing. But the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said the cases of unaccompanied minors are different.