US border authorities have released a video showing how two Ecuadorian children are left to fend for themselves after human traffickers lifted them over the border fence between Mexico and the United States.
It reports several news agency AP.
According to the US Border Patrol, the video will show two sisters, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, as the human traffickers release them over the over four meter high fence in Santa Teresa near El Paso in the state of New Mexico.
Both are said to have escaped unharmed from the incident, which the border authorities describe as “shocking”.
The video is being published at the same time as Joe Biden and his administration are struggling to provide shelter for the many hundreds of children and teenagers who cross the border daily without parents or other adults. In many cases, these are children of parents who have first been denied entry to the United States, before sending the children across the border alone in the hope that they will end up with relatives who have already entered the country, the newspaper writes.
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As a result, many of the reception centers along the US-Mexico border are crowded.
The two children shown in the video are said to have been discovered after a border agent discovered at a great distance that a person sitting on it was writing over the border fence.
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The agent started filming what he saw with a remote camera, and the video shows that the person sitting on the fence lowers one and a child down as far as he can before they are released and fall the last bit.
You can see how the first girl lands with her legs first and then plunges forward on her stomach, while the second girl falls backwards. Shortly afterwards, a backpack is released over the fence, before the person who let the girls down jumps back down on the Mexican side.
The backpack must have had both a mobile phone and the girls’ passports.
“We are now working with our colleagues in Mexico in an attempt to identify these ruthless human traffickers so that we can hold them accountable,” said El Paso Chief Electoral Officer Gloria I. Chavez in a statement.
Luckily, the border guards were able to find the two young girls after the agent handling the camera was able to point them in the right direction in the desert-like area along the border.
The girls have received a medical check-up and are now in a temporary reception center, where they live with 700 other children who have crossed the border without adults.
According to the border authorities, the children’s mother will already be in the United States, and the hope is to reunite them with her soon.
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Large increase in illegal border crossings
There has recently been a large increase both in unaccompanied children crossing the border, but also in illegal border crossings in general.
Many of the immigrants are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Most are fleeing poverty, violence and the aftermath of two devastating hurricanes, and after President Joe Biden came to power, they hope it will be easier to stay in the United States.
Biden has shelved parts of the measures that Donald Trump introduced to prevent immigration. But the president rejects Republicans’ accusations that this has led to an increase in the number of migrants. Biden points out that similar waves were experienced in 2019 and 2020.
Around 100,000 people were arrested by the US Customs and Border Security (CBP) in February when they tried to get to the US from Mexico, writes NTB. Almost 9,500 of these were unaccompanied minors.
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