Two smugglers helped a 5-year-old boy cross the Rio Grande river and then abandoned him beside a barbed-wire fence at an underpass marking the border between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, on May 27.
The incident was recorded on a cellphone footage obtained by Agence France-Presse, NY Post reported.
According to the video, the couple then turned around and walked back across the river, leaving the boy alone. At that time, the poor boy was crying and begging in vain.
The boy, holding a teddy bear, screamed amid his sobs, “Where are you going? … No, no, no. Don’t leave.”
Fortunately, moments later, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents came and picked the boy up.
The United States is now facing a new challenge as photographs and videos published by U.S. border authorities every week show that children are placed in severe danger when attempting to cross the border from Mexico.
The Laredo and Rio Grande Valley parts of southeastern Texas are the most dangerous for migrants among the nine sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border.
In late March, a 9-year-old Mexican boy died after attempting to get across the Rio Grande to Eagle Pass, Texas.
On April 2, surveillance cameras monitored by CBP agents in California captured two smugglers scaling a ladder to lift two young children over the barrier and dropping them onto U.S. soil.
A another video in April showed a 10-year-old Nicaraguan boy separated from a group of migrants sobbing as he asked Border Patrol agents for help.
According to CBP data collected in April, more than 178,000 migrants were discovered at the border. Reports indicate that an unprecedented 117,000 migrant children are expected to enter the U.S. by the end of the year.