Abandoned boy near border asks immigration officer for help

Video of a tearful 10-year-old Nicaraguan boy who was found by an agent wandering in a field near the border has shed a stark light on the growing immigration crisis.
2:28 | 04/07/21

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We get the latest on the crisis at the border and heartbreaking video of a migrant boy picked up by border patrol in Texas after being abandoned to fend for himself. Chief national correspondent Matt Gutman has the latest. Good morning, Matt. Reporter: Hey, good morning. We don't yet know that little boy's name but are learning a lot more about his story. He's from Nicaragua and apparently crossed into the U.S. With a group of migrants but when he woke up near that barren field that morning they were gone and he was alone. This morning, this lost 10-year-old boy's terror. Putting a face to the more than 19,000 migrant children and teens now in federal custody. You can see his fear. Asking the border patrol agent can you help me and hear the hurt in his voice. "They left me behind," the Nicaragua boy sobs to the agent who found him wandering near a barren field. Through the tears the boy says he wasn't with his mom or dad. He repeats, I came with a migrant group and they left me behind. Reporter: The boy telling the agent he was scared of getting robbed or kidnapped. Reporter: The border patrol telling us he was taken to this detention center in Donna, Texas, which was so recently overcrowded children were forced to take turns sleeping on the floor. We saw the massive expansion to accommodate the many thousands of additional migrant children and teens expected to cross this year and among those minors are tender age children brought over by smugglers like these two, a 3-year-old and 5-year-old dropped over the wall near el Paso last week, thankfully they were okay. Now, I'm told that boy is in the process of being transferred to a shelter for migrant children ahead of being reunited with family members in the U.S. Across the southwest there are so many migrant children in federal custody that facilities like this, the Long Beach convention center now being converted into temporary shelters. Michael. Definitely overwhelming, thank you so much.

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