The uncle of the sobbing migrant boy abandoned in the desert near the Mexican border in Texas is saying he will fight to keep th
The uncle of the sobbing migrant boy abandoned in the desert near the Mexican border in Texas is saying he will fight to keep the child in the US, according to a report.
Misael Obregon Leiva, who lives in Miami, talked to his 10-year-old nephew Wilton Obregon on the phone from the federal detention center in Brownsville, Texas, where he has been held since walking up to a Border Patrol agent earlier this month and tearfully pleading for help, the Daily Mail reported.
Nicaragua, where Wilton is from, officially requested the US return him to his home in an isolated mountainous region of the country where his father, Lazaro Gutierrez, and other family live.
Leiva asked the boy if he wants to stay with him in Miami.
“I don’t want to go back,” Wilton said.
The uncle blasted Nicaragua for wanting the boy returned.
“What the government wants is to use you and take you back with lies. For you to continue suffering there in Nicaragua. Don’t allow the government to take you back there because you are going back to suffer,” he told his nephew, the Daily Mail reported.
“I am fighting for you, my boy. I’m working on all the paperwork for you to come to me as soon as possible,” he said.
Wilton traveled to the US with his mother, Meylin, and the two were caught at the US border in March.
But US border officials deported them to Mexico under the Title 42 policy of expelling migrants because of coronavirus pandemic safety precautions.
In Mexico, Wilton and his mother were kidnapped by a cartel and held for ransom.
Leiva borrowed $5,000 for Wilton’s release, but couldn’t afford to pay for Meylin.
The boy was then dumped in Texas near La Grulla, where he wandered for a day before approaching the Border Patrol agent as he drove home.
Wilton’s mother told Univision that she was released by her kidnappers and once again crossed into the US to seek asylum.
Leiva provided no details about the mother, the report said.
Nicaragua’s consul general in Houston, Samuel Trejos, spoke via video call to Wilton at the shelter where he is being held, the Daily Mail reported.
Trejos said the boy wants to return home to “hug his father again and his grandmother.”
But Leiva asked Wilton about that conversation and the boy denied saying anything to him.
“Didn’t you talk to a man through a video call? A man who you don’t know?” Leiva asked.
“Yes, a man asked me,” Wilton said.
Levia then asked if Wilton would rather return to Nicaragua or live with him in Miami.
”I don’t want to go back,” the boy said.
The uncle then told his nephew not to have any more conversations with Trejos.
“You tell him that you don’t want to talk to him. And if he asks you things, don’t answer anything. Don’t talk to those people. All they want to do is damage you and return you to Nicaragua to suffer,” Leiva said.
In the interview with Univision, Wilton’s mother said she had spoken to her son and assured him “not to worry, that everything was going to be fine.”
She said the cartel eventually freed her.
“They told me that it was not convenient for them to have me there, that they would leave me in another place. They left me in a lonely, abandoned part,” she said.