“Heartbreaking” is the descriptor being most widely used for the hard-to-watch video. “No. No. No. Don’t leave,” the child, age 5, can be heard screaming in Spanish as his “escorts” — smugglers — drive off, leaving him to fend for himself under an overpass at the edge of the U.S.-Mexican border as night approaches.
As though the scene were not already gut-wrenching enough, the little boy clutches a teddy bear, his lone link to home, wherever that may be. Sure, his situation is likely to improve when (if?) he is reunited with his parents, who, we are told, have already — inexplicably — relocated to the U.S. But when will that be? And who will look after him in the interim?
Needless to say, ordeals like this that tug at the heart strings are much too graphic to be carried by the media, who have ignored the story. These are the same media that leaped at the chance to run a photo of Hispanic children asleep behind a chain-link fence. But that was before Joe Biden was president even though the picture was taken while he was vice president, an angle the media repeatedly played down.
The administration has been equally closed-mouthed over the video. If asked about it, no doubt Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas would assure his questioner that the border is closed.
Children being abandoned at the border are nothing new. In April, we reported a story of another sobbing migrant child, left alone in the desert, seeking help from Border Patrol. But that child was all of 10 — a grown man practically.