VIDEO captured the shocking moment “ruthless” smugglers dropped two girls, ages 3 and 5, over a 14-foot border wall in New Mexico.
The footage was shared by a patrol agent, who said the little girls were dropped in the desert “miles from the nearest residence,” on Tuesday.
Shocking video showed the little girls being dropped over the US-Mexico border fence[/caption]
The smugglers were seen running away after dropping the girls over the fence[/caption]
In the video, one smuggler can be seen scaling the fence and going just over the top, before dangling the little girls one by one over the side.
Both are then dropped from the 14-foot fence onto what looks like hard ground.
The smugglers then toss something over the fence, presumably the girls’ belongings, and head off into the night, leaving the toddlers alone.
El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez shared the footage on Twitter, noting that she was “appalled by the way these smugglers viciously dropped innocent children from a 14-foot barrier last night.”
Migrants attempt to cross Rio Bravo to get into El Paso in Texas on March 30[/caption]
“If not for the vigilance of our agents using mobile technology, these two tender-aged siblings would have been exposed to the harsh elements of desert environment for hours,” she added.
Chavez said her team is working with law enforcement in Mexico to try and identify the smugglers and hold them accountable.
Elsewhere along the US-Mexico border earlier this month, Texas Rangers were able to rescue a six-month-old girl from drowning after smugglers tossed the child into the Rio Grande.
The baby’s mother was reportedly assaulted by a group of smugglers in Mexico, and suffered a broken leg before they were stuffed into a raft with hundreds of others to cross the river.
Texas Rangers were able to rescue a 6-month-old baby who was dropped in the Rio Grande[/caption]
About mid-way through the trip, one of the smugglers threw the baby into the river in Roma, but fortunately, a Texas Ranger spotted the disgraceful act and raced into the water to save the child.
The child survived and is now “safe” with her mother in US Border Patrol Custody, Texas DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez told KVEO.
Roma, a town of just 10,000 people, is the latest epicenter of illegal border crossings, the Associated Press reported last week.
In nearby Eagle Pass on Tuesday night, six people reportedly drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande.
An influx of migrants, including children by themselves, has led to overcrowding at the facilities meant to hold them[/caption]
Their bodies were hauled out from a shallow, narrow part of the river, according to Newsmax’s Logan Ratick.
Ratick also filmed as groups of migrants were taken away from the river in a police van, and suspected migrant traffickers being detained by CBP agents.
Thousands of children and families have attempted to cross over from Mexico to the US in recent weeks, causing overcrowded conditions at CBP facilities amid the pandemic.
The Biden administration permitted journalists to enter one of the main facilities in Donna, Texas, for the first time on Tuesday.
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The tour of the facility in Donna, Texas, revealed severely overcrowded conditions where more than 4,100 people, including 3,400 unaccompanied children, were crammed into an area intended for 250.
More than 16,500 unaccompanied migrant children were in federal custody as of last week.
In his first solo press conference last week, Joe Biden called the conditions “unacceptable” and vowed to address the overcrowded conditions.