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>> they dumped me. >> the story of the abandonedboy who was found by a border patrol agent.unaccompanied minors are being freed.the decision is causing confusion.>> they shouldnt risk it. they should stay in theircountries. >> the federal government istrying to process hundreds of thousands of cases.experts say what should be done. >> if you move, you have tonotify them. >> with record detentions, howare immigration authorities preparing to face the challengeon the border? >> we need more resources andtechnology but we will continue. >> to eat without limit orcontrol. maria antoineta collins talksabout how she faced off against an enemy that was threateningher life. >> i called my doctor the nextday. >> this and more next on "aqui yahora." ♪>> the images are heartrending, and his words are desperate.>> i was dumped, set a child on the border.this is the drama behind the statistics.this is patricia. to see firsthand what ishappening, teresa rodriguez traveled to the border.good evening. teresa: good evening to all ofyou. we are in brownsville, texas,where hundreds of migrants arrive every day.among them, unaccompanied minors.the details of a story about the boy who was found in this area.tifani roberts spoke with the uncle of the boy.>> we could only see the horizon from the truck, and a small dotthat grew larger. when the agent saw it was a boy,he came closer. >> can you help me?>> what happened? >> i was with a group and theydumped me. i dont know where they are.>> did they leave you alone? >> they dumped me.>> they left you alone? you are not coming with yourmommy or daddy or anybody? are you with your mom or dad?>> no. i was with a group and they leftme abandoned and i came to ask for help.>> they dumped you and told you to come ask for help?>> no. i came because where else in mygoing? -- am i going to go?i could be kidnapped or something.>> the video was posted online and his family saw it.among them, people, family members in southern florida.>> we cant express what we feel.we have all cried when we saw that.>> misael obregon is the uncle of the boy.weeks ago, when he decided that his twin boys should meet him inmiami, his sister meylin said she would join them.>> she is my sister. i couldnt say no.i knew what she was going through.>> she wanted to escape from her husband.she wanted to take her son away from a reality that was vexingher on a daily basis. >> he said if she left him, hewould kill her. she would say that he threatenedto kill her if she found another man.>> misael obregon was hoping to reunite with hischildren, who he left when they were small.>> it is the hardest thing i have was very painful. i shared a bed with them thelast night, and cried all night. >> last week, five years afterleaving, he had them with him again.>> i couldnt go back to my is very hard. that inspired me to riskeverything. >> i was with a group.>> that is why when he saw his nephews pained expression, hesaid his heart was broken. >> they left you alone?>> weeks before meylin obregon left with her son fromnicaragua. it is a 2000 mile journey.>> it took them about a month to get to the border.a little more than a month. >> mother and son crossed theborder, but the border patrol deported them immediately, asshe told her brother in a telephone call.>> they told her not to waste her breath, that she should fixher problems in her own country. >> he was disappointed becausehe thought the immigration policy would be more favorablein the current administration. >> we always criticized trump,but it turns out he is worse than trump.i was not expecting that. >> once they were in mexico,meylin and her son needed help. >> i dont think it was even onehour when she called and said she had been kidnapped inmexico. >> he got a call from her cellphone, but it wasnt her sisters voice he heard.>> they asked me if i was her brother.i said yes. and then, he said, we have herhere and you have to pay a ransom to free her.>> in miami, obregon prepared himself to wells come -- towelcome his sister and nephew. >> he had moved to a newapartment to offer the best he could for his two sons. he hashad happy moments, like when they reunited, and long nightsof uncertainty thinking of the future his sister faces.>> without enough resources to the ransom, he had to make thedifficult decision. it was either his sister or hisnephew. >> i was able to get some of themoney. jeffrey my nephew.-- to free my nephew. they freed him but i dont haveenough to free her. >> this man, who works inconstruction, gave some of the demands, then silence followed.he didnt hear about his nephew until the video appeared.he ended up with a group of strangers in the united states.>> he says everybody fell asleep, and when he woke up, noone was there. >> alone and terrified, at 10years of age, he began walking and coincidentally, he was foundby a border control -- a border patrol agent.>> they could take me and kidnap me or something.>> he was taken to donna, texas, where he ran into the samepeople who abandoned him. >> i talked to him.he said he was doing well. he was in class.he was eating. that makes me happy to know heis ok. >> it is happiness that isshattered when he thinks about his sister, who has beenkidnapped by criminals in mexico.>> do you feel a sense of responsibility for what happenedto her? >> yes, i feel responsible.>> but why do you feel that? a question he was unable torespond to. that is probably why he felt theneed to do something he never wanted to do.>> when you spoke to your nephew , did he ask about his mother?>> yes. >> what did you say?>> i said she was fine. >> you lied to him?>> the only thing he knows is what he will do until he can gethis sister back. >> he will be in school.i will give him food and shelter and be like a father to him.>> in the meantime, the uncertainty is doubled.he doesnt know if he will welcome his nephew or if thekidnappers will free his sister. >> after a break, they were setfree and now they are trying to be reunited with their familymembers.>> brownsville, texas sh three international bridges withmexico. this border has become a popularport of entry for migrants coming primarily from honduras,guatemala and el salvador. according to the u.s.government, in the month of march alone, it welcomed 19,000unaccompanied minors. i spoke with some of the recentarrivals. they told us about their odysseyand their hopes. >> at first glance, this city bythe gulf, with sounds of seagulls, sounds like a perfectrefuge. but recently, that peace wasinterrupted by an avalanche of immigrants hoping to come to theunited states, and most of them are women with children.this woman is traveling with her children, deborah, 21 months,and victor javier, age 11. she left her native honduras 11days ago. her husband made an extremedecision. he sent them alone to the unitedstates. maria barbara mirandas story isdifferent -- is similar. she is the mother of afive-year-old and a 10-year-old. her husband is in seattle andhas been there for two years. she decided to go on thedangerous journey. >> what did you say to yourchildren? >> not to make noise so thatthey wouldnt be caught. >> she is talking about the bandof criminals in mexico. she and her children, who used aguide or coyote, also experienced similar horrors.>> how much did it cost the cross?>> $12,000 for the three. they say it is a special tripthat you dont suffer, but you do.>> she had the same promise made to her in honduras.>> when you see things as they are, they are different.>> she remembers part of the journey that frightened her themost. >> in mexico, you feel likesomething bad is going to happen to you.because you dont know. you hear about kidnapping, yousee videos, you see ransom videos, so thats your fear.>> something else that frightened her was the river.>> how did you cross? >> on a tire with a pregnantwoman who was my traveling companion.>> she says when they touched ground on the united states, shedidnt feel the relief she expected.>> i still feel anguished, not happiness, because we werewaiting for about an hour and a half for a border control car todrive by, and nothing came by. >> they got lost and were pickedup by immigration agents. once in the hands of americanauthorities, the immigrants are processed.those that are admitted into the united states come to placeslike this, where they are given a coronavirus test.if they test negative, theys -- they are sent to bus terminalslike this one where they hope to get a ticket to be reunited withtheir loved ones in this the terminal, there are volunteers from brownsville.>> almost three years ago, i crossed the same way.when i came to this place, here exactly at this bus station, iwas welcomed by this organization.i was given what i needed. i came back four months later tohelp them, to serve as a volunteer with them and here iam. >> after feeding them and givingmigrants share the stories of their trip.>> for a mother to put her child in danger, the desire not to goback brings them here, right? >> is there a family in particularthat touched your heart? >> there is a family fromhonduras. the mother came and twochildren. one with special needs.they came during a cold wave, and they were at the terminal.they had no money. i took them to my house.they were there for 16 days. >> he says to this day, theyremain in contact. after eating and changingclothing at the bus station, the women and their children arewaiting to get tickets that their family members would send.>> does your husband know you have arrived?>> he found out today. he was worried.he thought something happened. >> we were able to contact herhusband israel. the face of young jimena said itall. >> goodbye, daddy.>> as well as the words of her brother.>> how are you, dad? >> well, well.>> they would travel to seattle while the other woman and herchildren would go to houston by bus, where a brother-in-lawwould be waiting. >> what would you say to parentswho are thinking about sending their children?>> no. alone, no.>> would you do it again? >> i dont think i would.>> maria agrees with her. >> dont risk it.stay in your country. >> but both of them believe theywill have a better future here. >> it isnt easy here, either,but i think with hard work, he can get an education.and not live with the uncertainty that any moment wemight get killed or not have enough money to pay.>> when we return, what families of minor migrants do once theyon "aqui y ahora. are set free.ivision>> the federal government acknowledged that the recentattentions on the southern border could be the highest inthe last 20 years. and last march, over 171,000immigrants were arrested by border the same month, over 18,000 unaccompanied minors wereintercepted, which has made this humanitarian crisis morecomplicated. angie sandoval tells us whatauthorities are doing to try to unravel these migratory knots,and what family members are trying to do to put an end totheir nightmare. angie: it was finally the daycarmen had imagined for 14 years.>> it was a moment that was very, i dont know, verybeautiful. angie: the first embrace with adaughter that she had seen grown up only in photographs, and afulfilled promise that she would be away from danger now.>> what did you say to your daughter when you saw her?>> that i loved her and i was happy to have found her.i was happy she could be with me.angie: immediately, according to this nicaraguan mother, afeeling of emptiness invaded both of them.>> we are not entirely happy, because we still need my brotherto be with us to be a complete family.angie: jose manuel calderon is 14.despite crossing the border with his sister in march, he hasspent over the week -- over a week with the department ofimmigration. >> what did you feel when youwere separated from your brother?>> my heart dropped, knowing he would be there by himself.i mean, with nobody. angie: that is not the worstthing, says his mother. >> i havent heard about him.i havent received any information.they tell me he is in a shelter but i still havent been able toreach him. >> when you say why cant yougive me my son, what do they say?>> they say they cant give me any information yet because theysay they dont know who i am. angie: cases like this, as wellas images of giant tents, shelters in stadiums with minors, show the failures of a system that according toanalysts andrew -- like andrew, is not prepared to deal withthis avalanche of migrants. >> there is an urgency to createa new system before letting new people in.>> looking for a solution, the biden administration is tryingto expedite asylum hearings, transferring them from asylumcourts to citizenship courts. >> right now, there are over1,200,000 petitions in the hands of 529 judges throughout thecountry, according to a university.>> that would be very -- that would be very beneficial.they would be able to make incisions within months, --decisions within months, rather than years which is the currentsituation. >> in georgia, carmen says shehas the documentation to support her asylum claim.but she is concerned that this change will not come in time tosave jose manuel. >> im worried about thesuffering, the sacrifice they have made, and that i have made,will have been pointless. >> the journey for you has notyet ended. >> no, it hasnt.this is a suffering i have been experiencing since we have leftnicaragua. angie: for the organizationsthat represent thousands of minors pro bono, it is time forjoe biden to define his immigration policy.>> we are in a situation where the government is changingprocesses almost on a daily basis.>> according to this attorney, -->> it is clear the biden administration wants toeliminate the policies, but title 42 remains, whic is whythey are denying entry to the majority of migrants.>> title 42 is a public health order in which the federalgovernment can deport undesirable people in anexpedited manner. in march of last year, trumpused covid-19 to implement that order on the southern that point, senator kamala harris said it wasunconstitutional, but since she and joe biden came to the whitehouse, they have continued using article 42, resulting in theexplosion of 80% of families and adults intercepted at the borderby the border patrol. according to data from thatagency and ice, only unaccompanied minors have beenable to enter and ask for asylum.>> it is a good intention the government has come but they arenot prepared. >> in los angeles, this pastorin charge of the program we care says she has hopes that soon,the government will be able to control this humanitariancrisis. but she tells parents who havebeen reunited with children to prepare themselves for the longand complicated asylum process. >> i saved -- say there shouldbe consistency. create an environment ofsecurity for the children. they have to notify immigrationcourts. whats another important pointis that they have to show up at the appointed time at court.they should also bring evidence. >> photographs, documents,evidence in general. angie: carmen never expected itwould be so difficult to bring her children to the unitedstates. but according to her, it is asacrifice she must make to recover some of the life shelost when she left them with their grandmother 14 years ago.whats my son says he wants to meet me because he doesnt knowme. >> this family says they areeager to dig in. >> im going to tell him i lovehim, but i have draft of having him with me.-- that i have dreamt of having them with me.i am the luckiest woman because i have them with me.>> when we return, the border patrol is looking for ways ofdealing with the processing of thousands of migrants.>> we are trying to alleviate the flow of people.>> the crossing along the border of mexico and the united statesleaves new and painful revelations everyday.from san diego, carmen shows us the drama and -- that manyrecently deported people have experienced.carmen: since milton left honduras with his son, the childhas set the pace. he says a lot of incrediblethings has happened. he is here in mexicali,california, mexico, after being deported.>> did you talk to your wife? what does she say?carmen: his wife and an infant child were left behind.he had no idea where mexicali was until he was deported.lets begin at the beginning. he and his son came to mexico afew months ago with a guide who brought them to reynosa. theguide transferred them to smugglers.he says for 15 days, he was sent from one warehouse to another,until they finally had the opportunity to cross on a raft.they hadnt walked 10 minutes in american land when immigrationarrived. >> they asked for papers.carmen: then he heard a voice. you come over there, you aregoing to mexico. >> he wanted to know while hewas -- why he was being deported.he found out hundreds of undocumented immigrants enterthe united states every day without being persecuted.>> we have fewer people who are able to patrol the desert andother areas. to care for children or mothers,people who need to be taken to the hospital and receive medicalcare. carmen: angel spoke part -- is aspokesperson for border patrol in san diego and says that thereare emergencies that require immediate attention, like thesechildren, five and six, siblings who were abandoned at theborder. >> the coyotes used a cord sothe children could be dropped in an area that was rocky.our agents rescued the children, gave them the water they needed.made sure they were hydrated. they got medical attention.they were taken to the processing center, and thechildren only had a note with them.the note had the mother name and her phone number.carmen: the two youngsters, who are mexican, were handed to thedepartment of health and human services, while agents try toreach the parents. they arent the only ones.a few days ago, we saw surveillance video of twoecuadorian girls, ages three and five, who were tossed over afence in new mexico. agent gloria chavez in el pasosupported them and took them to the hospital.>> they had to make sure the girls were ok.i talked to them. for a little of them had a cell phone in a backpack and a paper withtelephone numbers. they had their ecuadorianpassports. >> according to the ecuadorianconsulate, the girls will be reunited with their parents innew york. in arizona, the situation hasworsened. coyotes have been sending someundocumented immigrants with backpacks with drugs in verysmall groups, and stopping them will require a slew of borderpatrol agents. their hope is, the new borderpatrol agents who are being trained at this academy.milton still cries over how illogical and frustrating thisall is. >> they asked for my sonspassport. carmen: most concerning for himis that while he was arrested, no agent asked him why he hadtraveled or how he had traveled. and he asked, what about theasylum claim? why is someone who is detainedin texas and processed in texas, deported in california?>> we are seeing an increase in people detained in the riogrande area. but the san diego area is betterable to handle these detainees. we will continue doing so.>> some people think it might be a strategy for the border patrolto dissuade them. >> it is in -- not a strategy.we are trying to alleviate the flow of people taking place inthis sector, and as federal agents and members of the borderpatrol, it is important to help everyone.carmen: it seems that detainees are systematically deported at adifferent point from where they were detained.>> we give them psychological assistance, medical assistance,food. table games, a library.carmen: the border fence is taller now, so when people jumpover it, they are getting hurt more and more.>> milton received aid after being deported to a country thatis not his own and was living off charity.>> somebody gave me juice and 20 pesos for my son.carmen: like him, there are hundreds of people who aredeported trying to determine what the next step will be.>> im not interested in that. >> that is very powerful, right?we now know that with the support of a family member,milton was able to gather enough to try to cross again.he has tried several times, but has not been able to.he says the border is more patrolled now.many deported people are in refugee camps, while others havedecided to return to their countries.we will be back with more "aqui y ahora." >> when we return,maria antoineta collins reveals her fears and nightmares.>> there are transformations that leave a of them is the case of maria antoineta collins, who dropped83 pounds seven years ago and has maintained her weight evenin the midst of a pandemic. when we thought everything wasdone, she faced one of her most difficult challenges.she had to face the monster of men -- of obesity.>> maria antoineta collins. she doesnt think too much abouther reason for being obese. >> i ate because i liked eating.i still like eating. >> we witnessed her radicaltransformation from heavy to thin.she shared the very accurate surgery -- bariatric surgerythat would return to her what her obesity had taken.>> i got up in the morning and showered, went to the hospital,and by the end of the day my stomach was 82% smaller.>> she reported from el chapos tunnel, traveled to the vatican,reported from mexico city. >> you have been facing -->>s -- the worst monsters. if you dont change yourlifestyle, the operation is just a tool.people say she dropped weight because she had surgery orbecause she has the money to do >> the first time the monster,as she called it, appeared was during her coverage of thebrazil world cup. >> i remember that summer.trays with frothy beers. >> she thought she couldnt letherself down. >> 80% of people with bariatricsurgery dont just gain the weight in 3-12 months.>> she had another struggle that was not physical was no mental. >> year after year, i keptpraying about demons. it still was happening a lot more before.i would wake up thinking that i was, that it was a lie, that iwas still fat, that i had ramped i was thin -- dreamed i wasthin. >> her biggest fear was to hitbottom and see how she looked in 2013.she heard comments that hurt her.>> i was crying in the parking lot.i had my doctors card. i called him right then andthere. he said, january 27.>> after her surgery, the mental monster followed her.>> i dropped from 183 pounds to 110.the irony was, people would say look how fat she is, look howold she was. then they said the opposite.look how thin she is, she looks sick.i found that my ideal picture is about 115 pounds.i take a picture every day. it is the only thing that tellsme where i am. >> 2009 was critical because she-- 2019 was critical because she gained weight.>> i got up to 117 pounds. that was a danger zone for me.>> she made a resolution. >> i dont allow the monster tocome out. if i allow self-pity to overcomeme, i have become a widow. it will be the end of me.>> the first thing she decided was to walk, regardless ofcircumstances. >> they say four miles per daykeeps the psychiatrist away and i believe that.>> how much do you walk every day?>> six miles every day, every day.people say they walk, they have a great time.>> i get up at 5:40 in the morning.i dont want to get up. >> collins says she got a cut --telephone call that put her on the path to came from a journalist friend of hers.>> he signed me up in a marathon.>> he said, if you had, if you werent healthy, you would havefainted. that is all in your head.>> she then went on to another accomplishment.>> my daughter and i made it to the top of machu picchu.then they told us, these are the steps you can go down, or youcan take the bus down. my daughter says, do you want totake the steps down? i had my doubts, but i said yes,i can. >> after going down 2000 steps,she felt weak and she remembers a woman who helped her.>> i said, here, take my arm. >> that is why she decided itwas time to face another challenge.>> the way of santiago daye co - that would be another goal.>> she found a way of battling that monster.>> i make short-term reasonable goals.>> another secret of hers was playing piano.her daughter and friends. >> exercise, exercise, exercise.we have a group, the crazy troop.we support each other. >> she has also focused on hergreatest passion, and that has helped.>> it has been a long journey, but with many blessings.i have always worked in a job i have loved so much with people ilove so much. >> so the pandemic didnt modifywhat she had already gained. >> i take care of myself.i think willpower is something you build every day.>> as a conclusion to her struggles, she recentlypublished her newest book. she also includes recipes andshares the formula of her secret.her book is called si yo pude ¡tu mas!"why that title? >> when you turn 60, peoplethink you are out. i have proven that after 60, youhave all your options open. >> the writer has had a lot ofups and downs. >> i became a widow in the worstconditions. i didnt imagine living throughthat tragedy. i dont think about that,because i wouldnt be able to go on.all of that is in the past. i am still alive.>> your biggest recipe is to enjoy life, multiply yourenergy, find allies and discover her own power.>> what happened to the monster? did you become friends with it?>> no, no. i am not friends with it.>> you domesticated it? >> i know it is there.he has -- he knows i have my eye on him.this is the most important stage of my life.i want to live as many years beyond 69 with health.>> you have to have a lot of discipline and we know she hasgot it. like she says, you have to learnto live with the monster, whatever it might be.she will continue with her challenges one -- and one shehas for this year is to make the pilgrimage to santiago.we are suren us to the end of th addition.i say goodbye from the border in brownsville, texas.>> good night, patricia, and good night all of you.>> we will see you soon. all of you, thank you for diningus. ♪>> that -- thank you for joining us.

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