The U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday, Sept. 14, reported two migrant babies were left alone alongside the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass.
The unaccompanied minors, one 2-year-old girl and the other a 3-month-old boy in his carrier, were siblings from Honduras, the border agent learned from a note left with them, revealed in a statement.
The agency said the discovery came at noon when border agents were on their patrol routine by boat along the river. They noticed unusual colors on the riverbank and went back to check.
The toddler was in a pink and yellow outfit with white shoes. She had a small backpack beside her and was sitting next to her brother, lying in a blue basket.
“The attention to detail our agents demonstrate while preforming their duties can be the difference between life and death,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Robert N. Garcia said via Twitter.
“It is heartbreaking and frustrating to know that there are children being abandoned without remorse or concern for their lives and wellbeing,” he added.
The children had were taken to a processing facility run by the Border Patrol in Uvalde, Texas. There has been no update on their condition.
On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), in a Tweet, shared pictures of illegal migrants swimming through the Rio Grande River to cross over to the U.S. soil.
According to Reuters, hundreds of migrants are crossing through the Rio Grande River and back into Mexico to stock up on necessities they claim are unavailable on the American side.
The border crisis has largely been blamed on the Biden administration, who has promised more “humane” border policies than his Republican predecessor Donald Trump.
During his tenure, the former president had imposed “zero tolerance” measurements to deter the amount of influx at the border, pointing to the stakes of having dangerous criminals exploiting the system to enter the U.S.
But as soon as Biden, a Democrat, stepped in this year, nearly all the strict policies had been overturned, resulting in months of a historic number of illegal immigrants encountered at the border.
Reuters noted that critics had said the administration had done little to cope with the number of border crossers. Some residents of Del Rio of Val Verde County alleged the federal government had abandoned them regarding border protection.
“Are they doing anything to stop them from coming?” one woman asked, as reported by the news agency.