The parents of the two girls who were caught on video getting dropped over a border fence and left in a remote section of New Mexico by a pair of smugglers are in touch with their daughters and hope to reunite with them, Telemundo reported.
The grandparents of the children, identified as Yareli, 3, and Yasmina, 5, have asked President Biden to reunite the kids with their parents, who are already in the United States.
“That they help us, that these two innocents are together with their parents, so that they can give them love themselves,” Manuel Macas, the girl’s maternal grandfather, told the outlet.
The girls’ parents, Yolanda Macas Tene and Diego Vacacela Aguilar, left their two daughters to travel to the US from Jaboncillo, Ecuador — a remote, mountainous town near the western coast of the country, family told the outlet.
Their dad Diego paid a human smuggler to take the kids across by themselves but the grandparents don’t know how much they paid and the subject causes them great anguish, the outlet reported.
“[The parents] wanted to be with them, their mother suffered a lot, for that reason they decided to take them,” paternal grandfather Lauro Vacacela told the outlet.
“Yeah, it can be a bit risky, so to speak,” Vacacela said when asked if he was concerned that his son and daughter-in-law paid a coyote to bring the kids across the border.
The story of the two girls has drawn international headlines after video captured by US Border Patrol showed them getting dropped over a border fence in the middle of the night, miles from the nearest residence, as the smugglers took off running on the other side.
The girls were soon rescued by Border Patrol agents and have been doing well, the agency said previously, and they’re now in touch with their parents, Vacacela said.
When he saw the video of his granddaughters getting dropped over the wall, he told the outlet he felt a deep pain because he considered them as his own kids. The girls’ maternal grandparents weren’t even aware that they’d left and their journey north came as a surprise to them, the outlet said.
The Biden Administration is grappling with a massive surge of unaccompanied children who undertake dangerous journeys to cross the border, often by themselves or in the company of siblings barely older than them. In March alone, more than 18,500 unaccompanied minors crossed the southern border, a jump of more than 60 percent from the previous record set in May 2019, the outlet said.