CBP: Little girls dropped from border wall in Southern NM


U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to a potentially life-threatening situation involving two female tender-aged toddlers mistreated and abandoned by human smugglers just west of Mt. Cristo Rey. 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 global boundary line. The girls were alert but were taken to a hospital to be checked out and cleared. She said if they had not been seen, the girls could have been left in the desert for hours.

They were dropped from the wall by human smugglers on Tuesday evening, who fled the area on foot.

"We are now working with our law enforcement partners in Mexico and attempting to identify these ruthless human smugglers so as to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", Chavez said.

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"I'm appalled by the way these smugglers viciously dropped innocent children form a 14-foot border barrier last night". Last month, almost 9,500 unaccompanied children arrived at the U.S. -Mexico border, a record high for any February in history.

From March 15 to March 21, the number of unaccompanied migrant children who had been in CBP custody for more than 240 hours increased from 185 to 823, a almost five-fold increase, according to data obtained by ABC News from a source. 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.

A four-year-old Honduran boy was found traveling alone near to the Rio Grande river that separates Mexico from the United States with no one to claim him, the Mexican government said on Wednesday.

"The inhumane way smugglers abuse children while profiting off parents' desperation is criminal and morally reprehensible", Mayorkas said.