Man finds five migrant children abandoned at US-Mexico border

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A man found five migrant children abandoned at the U.S.-Mexico border while out on his farm, ABC reported.

The man said he was making his rounds when he saw the girls, ranging in ages from 11 months to 7, hungry and crying on his land in Quemado, Texas, on Sunday.

Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales interviewed the man and posted the video on his Twitter account.

"I don't think they would've made it if I hadn't found them because it got up to 103 [degrees] yesterday," he said.

A border patrol agent at a nearby station in Eagle Pass, Texas, responded to the call and found the girls, three from Honduras and two from Guatemala, according to a statement from the U.S. Border Patrol.

The children were transported to a patrol station in Uvalde, Texas, for processing and did not require medical attention.

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“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

President Joe Biden issued a plea in March for migrants to not come to the border with hopes to enter the country. Biden issued the message after a surge of unaccompanied minors were at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors were stopped at the border in March, according to the Associated Press.

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Farmer finds five abandoned migrant children at US-Mexico border

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