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In week, Mexico finds 370 abandoned child migrants

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MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican officials said Saturday that in one week they found 370 migrant children who had apparently been abandoned by traffickers paid to take them to the United States.

The children were rescued in 14 Mexican states between March 17 and 24, and the youngest was 9 years old, the National Migration Institute said in a statement, adding that 163 of the children under 18 were found traveling alone.

Most migrants heading through Mexico to the United States come from Central America. They face the threat of accidents, robbery, rape or being forcibly recruited by criminal gangs along the way.

The institute said the children told officials the human traffickers abandoned them after being paid between $3,000 and $5,000. Sometimes migrants make the journey to the United States, then once established pay traffickers to bring their children north.

It said most of the children showed signs of extreme fatigue, dehydration and foot injuries, along with disorientation at being abandoned at unknown, often dangerous, locations.

Father Heyman Vazquez, director of a refuge for migrants in Huixtla, Chiapas, said he is seeing more and more children making the dangerous trek across Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States.

"Every day more minors make the trip, often entire families with babies, but at other times children as young as 6 accompanied by other children only a bit older than they are," Vazquez told The Associated Press.

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elisha500 March 29 2014 at 9:19 PM

Very sad story. Who or what is taking care of the situation?

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Sorina March 29 2014 at 9:51 PM

Children should always be protected, first by their own families and secondly by their own governments. I wonder what arrangements the parents made for their children....are they "established" legal immigrants to the US paying a service to bring their children here? Are they illegal immigrants in the US, paying smugglers to smuggle their kids across the border? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we Americans, both nationally and individually, increased our charitable presence south of our borders, supporting education and humanitarian needs,, so families could live a better life in their own country, instead of coming to ours? Wouldn't it be wonderful, if, at the same time, America brought its considerable influence to bear on our Southern neighbors, pressuring them to clean up their graft and provide better education and humanitarian care for their own citizens? While I love the melting pot that is America, and gladly welcome legal immigrants with open arms - they keep us a melting pot, after all - illegal immigration is disastrous for everyone, especially little children, as we see here.

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maryapuckett March 30 2014 at 1:22 PM

Aain!!!Catch the coyotes and leave them to die!

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ngcolby March 30 2014 at 1:16 PM

our border country...US has known the problems of Mexico for ages. You know the cartels, you know the names, this county needs cleaning up...put huge bounties on the cartel families and start exterminating their business, etc. Mexico is a country that nobody wants to move to. USA DRUG ENFORCERS DO WHAT YOU DO BEST...ERADICATE THE CARTELS.

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kcarthey ngcolby March 30 2014 at 1:21 PM

Nobody wants to move to Mexico, bull! Over a million Americans alone now live in Mexico and I have more news for you....some are there illegally.

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Ms. Dragon kcarthey March 30 2014 at 2:28 PM

You are absolutely correct! I personally know American retirees who have moved to Mexico because they can live so much cheaper there. And live like kings on the Mexican economy. There are enclaves of American citizens living in Mexico.

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war3saw March 30 2014 at 2:12 AM

If the United States would stop allowing them to enter this country, none of this would happen. If they knew ahead of time that they would be stopped at the border, none of this would happen.

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beforepetra war3saw March 30 2014 at 3:59 AM

Most likely true, war3saw!

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Tyler March 30 2014 at 10:18 AM

. the usa is going down faster all the time,the usa looks like Skittles now.

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Kimlite March 30 2014 at 10:18 AM

I can't blame someome else for wanting what I have. I just happed to be born here. There are ways to get it legally. It seems that everyone wants to prey on the weaker. It doesn't matter if you are looking for someone to cut your yard or to take your children across the border for a better life.

I don't believe we should give the illegals free money, housing, or medical. I also believe that if your parents are illegals then they should be sent back after you are born (sorry). So either you go with them or you stay and get adopted by an American citizen. I also don't believe that we should sell our land to non citizens. (BUT this is my opinion)

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sugarcreekchile March 30 2014 at 2:03 AM

The United States and Canada are the only developed nations in the world to still offer Birthright Citizenship to tourists and illegal aliens. The following are among the nations repealing Birthright Citizenship in recent years:
•Australia (2007)
•New Zealand (2005)
•Ireland (2005)
•France (1993)
•India (1987)
•Malta (1989)
•UK (1983)
•Portugal (1981)
While the rest of the world has woken up to the problems caused by illegal immigration, the US has not. Instead, we encourage it by things like birthright citizenship, the Dream Act for children of illegals not born here and are hesitant to deport parents of anchor babies.

Of course, people in impoverished countries want a better life but most aren't able to just wade across a river or sneak across a border to go to a better country or have a developed nation give citizenship to their anchor babies.

The children were abandoned by coyotes. If the youngest was 9, most were likely of child-bearing age and if they had reached here, would have quickly had an anchor baby that they could pick up a welfare check for since the baby would be a citizen entitled to social support. Some of the children may have been left in the home country by illegals until they could pay to bring them here. Others families in the home country may have paid the coyotes to bring them here so they could make money to send back. Others may have paid their own way.

As long as our border remains porous and deportation of those not stopped at the border isn't a priority, children like these will continue to come and risk being abandoned and left to die by human trafficers. The good thing about them being stopped is Mexico is that Mexico doesnt tolerate illegal immigrants and quickly deports those from Guatemala and other Central American countries. Unlike here, Mexican citizens are, also, empowered to make citizens’ arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities. Mexico wants to dump their poor on us but doesn't let poorer countries dump theirs on them.

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grassyno sugarcreekchile March 30 2014 at 2:12 AM

Well said. By offering birthright citizenship (an amendment to our Constitution passed after the Civil War for slaves) we are actually encouraging dangerous trips like these, and the terrible things that happen to them along the way. It should be repealed for the good of our country, and for the children of others.

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Rich March 30 2014 at 2:01 AM

Mexico would be one of the best places on earth to live if only the government were not so corrupt that the criminal element has now taken over.

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palots March 30 2014 at 10:21 AM

I have no problem with anyone coming here legally, going through the process.

Amnesty is not what I am talking about.

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