Three Salvadoran sisters are found stranded alone on an islet on Rio Grande at U.S. Mexico border

Three Salvadoran sisters aged one, six and nine found abandoned by migrant smugglers on an islet on Rio Grande at U.S. Mexico border: Eldest child was clutching baby in her arms

  • Three Salvadoran siblings have been rescued by Mexican immigration agents on an islet between Mexico and the United States border
  • The oldest girl, nine, was seen on video holding on to her one-year-old sister while a six-year-old was standing next to them
  • Children are now in the custody of Mexico’s System for the Integral Development of the Family

Three Salvadoran sisters have been rescued from an islet on the Rio Grande after they were reportedly abandoned by migrant smugglers, according to Mexico’s immigration agency.

The children, aged one, six and nine, were found after Mexico’s National Guard issued an alert Wednesday.

A task force with the National Institute of Immigration responded to the call and were able to safely remove the girls from the islet, known as Isla del Mudo.

Video footage shows the oldest girl carrying her baby sister before handing her over to one of the agents as she and her other sister clamber on to the boat.

Footage released by the Mexican government captured the moment an immigration task force member rescued three Salvadoran migrant girls abandoned on a Rio Grande islet during a smuggling attempt Wednesday. The children, ages one, six and nine, are in the custody of Mexico’s System for the Integral Development of the Family.

Footage released by the Mexican government captured the moment an immigration task force member rescued three Salvadoran migrant girls abandoned on a Rio Grande islet during a smuggling attempt Wednesday. The children, ages one, six and nine, are in the custody of Mexico’s System for the Integral Development of the Family.

The migrant children from El Salvador were loaded on to a boat by a Mexico immigration agent whose team had been alerted by the National Guard that the girls were stranded on an islet in the Rio Grande

The migrant children from El Salvador were loaded on to a boat by a Mexico immigration agent whose team had been alerted by the National Guard that the girls were stranded on an islet in the Rio Grande

The children were later turned over to Mexico’s System for the Integral Development of the Family.

Salvadoran consulate officials in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey have been in contact with local authorities, according to the Central American nation’s foreign ministry.

The Rio Grande serves as a section of the border between Texas and the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, and can be considered the top crossing point for migrants seeking to enter the United States legally or illegally.

It is also an area where many children have been left behind by smugglers. Others have not been so fortunate and drowned in the strong river currents.

The nine-year-old girl steps into the boat while her six-year-old sister follows as the immigration agent hold their one-year-old sister

The nine-year-old girl steps into the boat while her six-year-old sister follows as the immigration agent hold their one-year-old sister

An task force agent for Mexico's National Institute of Immigration guards the three migrant sisters from El Salvador who were rescued Wednesday from a Rio Grande islet where smugglers abandoned them

An task force agent for Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration guards the three migrant sisters from El Salvador who were rescued Wednesday from a Rio Grande islet where smugglers abandoned them 

In April 2022, U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a two-year-old boy from Honduras with a group of migrants who had been stopped near the river shore in the Texas border town of Roma. The child had been sent alone across the border by his parents.

A month earlier, a two-year-old boy from Latin America was found walking alone on a boat ramp off the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas.

In January 2022, seven-year-old Victoria Lugo, of Venezuela, drowned in the river after she got separated from her mother, Mayerlin Mayor, and a group of migrants.

They were walking across a stretch of the waterway when Mayor lost her daughter’s hand and the current swept her down the river.

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