Border Patrol Rescues 6-Year-Old After Smuggler Abandons Child To Excruciating Heat

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued a 6-year-old child who was abandoned in excruciating desert summer heat on a border road in Arizona, according to a Thursday report.

The child was found on a road near the border Tuesday by himself in temperatures over 100 degrees, according to the border patrol agents. The child, who was reportedly on his way to see his mother in the U.S., told the agents “his uncle” dropped him off in the extreme heat in hopes that he would be picked up by Border Patrol, Fox 5 reported.

The 6-year-old child was reportedly found in good condition despite “the merciless environment for those unprepared for its remote, harsh terrain and unpredictable weather,” according to Border Patrol agents. He was taken to Tucson, Arizona, where he was evaluated and processed.

This is a prime example of the dangers of illegal immigrants trusting smugglers to get them into the U.S., the Border Patrol told Fox 5. (RELATED: Nearly 100 Illegal Immigrants Found Packed In Trailer During Traffic Stop)

This comes as President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that would temporarily end family separations at the border.

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