Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:41 a.m.
By Sudinfo with AFP
Two Ecuadorian girls, aged three and five, were thrown in the middle of the night from the top of a four-meter-high wall on the border between Mexico and the United States, the United States Customs and Protection Service reported on Wednesday. borders (CBP).
A surveillance camera operator alerted officers from a checkpoint who then went to this remote area of the state of New Mexico.
“Tuesday evening, an agent of Santa Teresa in charge of the use of cameras saw a smuggler release two young children from the top of a border wall 14 feet high (about four meters, note)”, indicated the CBP in a press release.
The girls were taken to a CBP station in Santa Teresa, New Mexico for medical examinations and then transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
“I am amazed at the inhumane way in which these smugglers threw innocent children off a 14-foot wall last night,” Patrol Leader Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement.
Ms. Chavez said US border guards were working with Mexican authorities to identify the culprits.
“Without the vigilance of our agents with the help of mobile technologies, these two very young sisters would have been subjected for hours to the rigors of the desert,” she added.
The United States is facing a sharp increase in arrivals at the border: more than 100,000 irregular migrants were arrested in February at the southern border, including nearly 20,000 family members and 10,000 unaccompanied minors.
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