“On Tuesday night, an agent in Santa Teresa who used a technological camera observed a drug dealer shooting two minors over a 14 foot (4 meter) high border barrier,” the border patrol said on Wednesday (31). in a statement.
The camera operator alerted agents who were at a checkpoint, who went to a remote location where the incident occurred.
The girls were taken to a CBP facility in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, to be evaluated by medical personnel and were then taken to a hospital where they were discharged and are currently in the care of this organization.
“I am dismayed by the way traffickers villainly threw innocent minors out of a 14-foot barrier last night,” said El Paso frontier section chief Gloria I. Chavez.
Chavez said that American agents are working with authorities in Mexico to identify those responsible.
“If it weren’t for the vigilance of our agents, using mobile technology, these two young sisters would have been exposed to the harsh conditions of the desert for hours,” he added.
The United States faces a sharp increase in border arrivals of migrants, especially Central Americans who say they are fleeing poverty and violence in their countries, with a recent average of almost 500 unaccompanied children crossing over daily.
President Joe Biden’s government is facing increasing pressure to manage the border situation and house unaccompanied minors.
According to official statistics, on Tuesday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held 12,918 migrant children in its care, while CBP housed 5,285.
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