Two toddlers dropped from a 14ft border fence into the New Mexico desert
People smugglers dropped two Ecuadorian sisters, aged three and five, over a 14ft border fence into the New Mexico desert.
The horrifying incident, caught on video, was condemned as “appalling and vicious” by Border Control officials.
Footage shows the smugglers straddling the fence and lifting the toddlers over the fence, dropping them several feet to the ground, before running away without even bothering to check that the children were no injured by the fall.
The operation was watched by border agents at a control centre who rescued the toddlers.
Miraculously the children, who were taken to hospital for evaluation, were not hurt.
El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez, who posted the footage condemned the smugglers.
“I’m appalled by the way these smugglers viciously dropped innocent children from a 14-foot border barrier last night.
“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.”
Elsewhere a four-year-old Honduran boy was picked up by the Mexican authorities after he was caught walking towards the border on his own.
Another 300 agents are being deployed to the region to handle the influx of migrants.
Border officials are struggling to cope with the numbers. Last weekend 5.767 children were being held at border facilities. In all 17,650 are being housed by the US government.
The Biden administration, which has come under fire for the conditions in which the children are being held, estimates it will need another 34,100 beds to come with the predicted influx over the summer
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