This is the moment US border guards return a five-year-old Venezuelan girl to her sobbing mum after rescuing her from a small island between Mexico and the USA.
The young girl was rescued from the island in the Rio Grande river between the US and Mexico by US Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station in the city of Eagle Pass in the US state of Texas on 13th November.
The incident took place after border guards came across a group of migrants who had illegally entered the US near Eagle Pass and a woman reported that her young daughter had been left behind on the small island.
It is believed the family members were forced to separate by “cold and calculated” human traffickers, according to Border Patrol officials.
The report was passed onto Riverine Unit officials at the Eagle Pass Station, who then found 10 undocumented migrants on the small river island, including the woman’s five-year-old daughter.
The US Border Patrol Del Rio Sector said in a statement: “US Border Patrol agents assigned to Eagle Pass Station rescued a 5-year-old girl after she was left on an island, Nov. 13.
“Agents encountered a group of migrants who illegally entered the US near Eagle Pass, Texas.
“An adult female in the group reported to agents that her minor daughter was left behind on an island in the Rio Grande between the U.S. and Mexico.”
The US Border Patrol added: “Agents notified the Eagle Pass Station Riverine Unit who immediately responded to the area and located a total of 10 undocumented migrants on the island, including the juvenile daughter.”
As seen in the footage, the mother and her daughter, who have not been named, but who are both from Venezuela, were reunited in the area after border guards found the migrant group.
No group members were injured and they were sent for medical checks ahead of being taken to the station for processing.
Robert Danley, acting chief patrol agent for the Del Rio Sector, said: “Human smugglers are cold and calculated, often separating families for their own convenience or to gain compliance.
“Thankfully our agents acted quickly and were able to locate the young girl and reunite her with her mother without incident.”
Danley added: “The subjects were not in medical distress and did not require medical attention. All individuals were transported to the station for processing.”