Border Patrol released a video captured by surveillance cameras of smugglers dropping off a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl at the border in New Mexico in the middle of the night, according to Fox News.
The Smugglers dropped the two toddlers over a 14-foot border wall.
The video was released by El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez.
The Video shows smugglers climbing the fence and dropping the young girls to the ground.
Smugglers, under cover of night, scaled a 14 ft. border barrier and cruelly dropped 2 young children in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The girls, ages 3 & 5, were left miles from the nearest residence. Thank you STN Agents for rescuing these children! @CBP @CBPWestTexas pic.twitter.com/U91y2g8Lk1
— Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefEPT) March 31, 2021
Chavez said they were left “miles from the nearest residence.”
“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,” Chavez said.
“We are currently 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,” she added.
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