Border Patrol agents rescued multiple migrant children who were dropped off high fences in multiple locations along the U.S.-Mexico frontier in recent days.
Two incidents involving child migrants under the age of 10 were reported by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on Tuesday.
At around 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning, an adult male with a 7-year-old girl clinging to his back was observed climbing a 30-foot section of border barrier in El Centro Sector.
“Agents immediately recognized the dangerous situation created by the human smuggler and decided to wait for the child to be safely on the ground before making their approach,” CBP explained in a statement. “This decision was made out of caution, believing that the smuggler might panic and drop the child, resulting in serious injury or death given the height of the border wall.”
“Agents, aware of the possible deadly situation, immediately responded to the area with caution. The smuggler instructed the child to walk north before he returned back to Mexico without incident. The small child encountered was a 7-year-old girl from El Salvador, about 50 feet north of the U.S./ Mexico border and two miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry.”
The girl was taken to the El Centro Sector Processing facility for a medical evaluation after it was determined she had not suffered apparent physical harm during the illegal crossing.
On the same day, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz shared footage of another young child experiencing a harrowing trip over a border fence near San Diego.
In the video, a 6-year-old migrant is dropped from a considerable height by a smuggler into the arms of a waiting Border Patrol officer.
“An injured mother, an unreasonable smuggler, and agents caught in the middle of it all. Agents from the Imperial Beach Station, in San Diego, CA, literally ‘catch’ a six-year-old girl after her mother is injured crossing the border barrier!” Chief Ortiz explained in a post on social media.
Historic numbers of ‘child migrants’ have been reaching the United States in recent months, with around 1,400 in CBP custody on a daily basis in August.
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