Migrant smugglers between Mexico and the United States will stop at nothing, not even in the face of an inhumane act. Two Ecuadorian girls aged three and five were thrown in the middle of the night from the top of a wall on the border between the two countries, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported on Wednesday.
A surveillance camera operator alerted officers from a checkpoint who then went to this remote area of the state of New Mexico. “Tuesday evening, a Santa Teresa agent in charge of the use of cameras saw a smuggler release two young children from the top of a border wall 14 feet high,” or about four meters, said CBP.
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 astounded by the inhumane way in which these smugglers threw innocent children from the top of a 14-foot wall last night,” said Patrol Leader Gloria L. Chavez. She further said that 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,” added Gloria L. Chavez.
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.