Border patrol released a shocking video on Wednesday, showing smugglers dropping two young girls, ages 5 and 3, over a 14-foot border barrier and abandoning them miles from the nearest residence.
Abandoned in the Middle of the Desert
El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez released the video showing two smugglers tossing some belongings after scaling the fence and harshly dropping each child into the ground. The smugglers then proceeded to flee from the southern side of the fence.
The two girls were picked up by agents after being spotted on the surveillance technology.
"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.
Despite striking an $86 million dollar deal with a nonprofit to house migrants in hotels, the Biden administration is struggling to address the influx of unaccompanied children at the border. Migrant families and single adults could currently be expelled under Title 42 health protections, but unaccompanied children cannot.
As the number of unaccompanied minor children has been growing for weeks, the administration has been opening centers in an attempt to shelter them.
Currently, there are more than 5,000 children under Customs and Border Protection custody and additional 11,000 children under Health and Human Services' care.