Case Remains Active for Runaway Juvenile from Southwest Key, Could Be in Mexico

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On Saturday June 23, 2018, Brownsville Police Department responded to the Southwest Keys Facility to a call of a Welfare Concern. 

They reported that a 15 year old male juvenile had left their care and location.

A runaway report was taken and a search of the immediate area was conducted with negative results. 

The juvenile’s information was entered into the state and national database as a runaway. 

The case remains active.

The Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville said they received information that the father of the minor, who is a Honduras national, will be picking him up on the border in Mexico. 

“As a general rule, Mexico does not receive nationals from other nationalities that are deported into Mexico. We do not accept them. So, in this case, being a minor, if the father is legally in Mexico and he is able to pick him up he will be granted a visa to enter into Mexico and therefore going back to Honduras,” said Juan Carlos Cue Vega, Consul de Mexico. 

“If he is a runaway in Mexico, in order for him to be back in the U.S. there needs to be a request from the U.S. authorities to send him back, in case that the minor is in Mexico,” Vega said.

“But if we do not have a request, we don’t know the whereabouts of the minor, there’s no way that we can send him back,” he said. 

The Mexican Consulate does not know what the outcome will be, but if the father has not committed a crime in the U.S. or Mexico, then the minor can be reunited with his father and can be taken back to Honduras. 

The Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville has not received a request from U.S. authorities to send the minor back . 

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