A six year old boy from Costa Rica was rescued on Tuesday after being abandoned on a border road between the US and Mexico, according to a press release by the US Customs and Border Protection agency.
Authorities say the boy was found in good condition just north of the border along Lukeville, Arizona in temperatures above 100 degrees. The boy said he was left there by his uncle, who said that Border Patrol agents would eventually pick him up.
“This incident highlights the dangers faced by migrants at the hands of smugglers,” the agency said in the statement. “Children in particular are extremely vulnerable, not only to exploitation, but also to the elements in the environment.”
The Border Patrol urged anyone stranded in the harsh desert environment to call 9-1-1 for assistance.
US Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. The agency is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of other US laws.