| 25 May 2024, Saturday |

Mexican authorities search for relatives of abandoned migrant boy

Mexican officials were looking for the family of a 2-year-old kid who was discovered alone behind a vehicle carrying more than 100 migrants in sweltering conditions on Tuesday.

The youngster had stood alone, surrounded by a handful of packaged snacks, half-empty water bottles, garments from other migrants, and black trash bags scattered on the ground, wearing no shirt.

The boy’s origins are still unknown, according to Lutgarda Madrigal, the attorney for the protection of children and adolescents in the state of Veracruz, where he was discovered.

“Until now, no one has approached to ask about him,” she said in a phone interview. “We’re in contact with the consulates of both Honduras and Guatemala.” Madrigal added the boy was not injured.

Madrigal said the boy, whose name authorities have not released, would be transferred to a social assistance center for unaccompanied migrant minors in the state capital, Xalapa.

Thousands of children from Central America have crossed illegally from Mexico into the United States without their parents this year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.

Last week, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited a border patrol facility near the U.S.-Mexico border and urged a focus on children and practical solutions to migration.

  • Reuters