Video released Wednesday by federal authorities show two Ecuadoran children being abandoned by smugglers after they were dropped over a 14-foot-high barrier along the U.S. -Mexico border. After both kids landed on the ground, footage shows the smuggler and another one run away and abandon the girls on the north side of the worldwide boundary line. The two girls were medically cleared and now remain in Border Patrol temporary holding pending placement by Health and Human Services.
U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued two children who were dropped by smugglers from the border fence and abandoned Tuesday near Mount Cristo Rey, New Mexico.
"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", Chavez said. They were dropped from the wall by human smugglers on Tuesday evening, who fled the area on foot.
The girls were taken to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station for evaluation by medical personnel and later to a hospital for precautionary reasons and further evaluation, officials said.
The United States has been grappling with a surge in migrants arriving at its southern border in recent months.
Another anonymous CBP source interviewed by O'Keefe earlier this week said Biden had "opened the floodgates" to families and small children crossing the border illegally. Meanwhile, the amount of children trying to cross the border alone jumped by 61% to over 9,400, the highest monthly total since the spring of 2019, according to statistics released last month by CBP.
Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-N.Y.) said those unaccompanied minors are then moved out to decompression centers around the country to be processed to make room for even more migrant children at the Donna facility. In an effort to speed things up, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has ordered case workers who are tasked with facilitating these transfers to work seven days a week.
"Those are aliens inside of the fenced area" the CBP insider is heard to say as he drives past the site.
President Joe Biden's administration is facing growing pressure to confront the situation and criticisms about how the unaccompanied minors have been cared for while under USA government custody.