A video released by Border Patrol agents on Wednesday shows smugglers abandoning two young girls at the border in the New Mexico desert after dropping them over a 14-foot border wall in the middle of the night.
The shocking video was released by El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez. The smugglers are seen fleeing the scene after hoisting the children and their belongings over the wall, leaving the children “miles from the nearest residence.”
The two Ecuadorian sisters, ages 3 and 5, were taken to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) station in Santa Teresa, New Mexico on Tuesday night to be evaluated by medical personnel. They were then transported to a local hospital as a precaution.
The CBP said the children are in good health.
“I’m appalled by the way these smugglers viciously dropped innocent children from a 14-foot border barrier last night. 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.
Chavez added that U.S. agents are working with Mexican authorities to identify the smugglers “so as to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.
President Joe Biden’s administration has faced bipartisan criticism for its handling of the influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Photos have recently been released showing the inhumane conditions inside of a migrant facility in Donna, Texas where children are forced to sleep on top of each other as the facility is at a 1,500% capacity.
According to official statistics, the Department of Health and Human Services had 12,918 migrant and refugee children in their care as of Tuesday, while CBP was responsible for the care of another 5,285.
Experts estimate 117,000 unaccompanied minors will enter into the country by the end of the year.
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On Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) will unveil his 118th Congress impeachment articles against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Biggs, along with dozens of Republican congressional members, will hold a press conference at The House Triangle in the United States Capitol.
At least 15 members of Congress will provide remarks advocating for the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. Congressman Biggs was the first member of Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, as early as August 2021.
The escalating border crisis during the Biden administration has led Biggs and other members to conclude Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty in protecting our nation’s borders constituted high crimes and misdemeanors.”
In late December, The Washington Examiner reported on Biggs’ cited three examples of how he said Mayorkas broke the law.
“First, Secretary Mayorkas has failed to maintain operational control of the border as required under the law,” he said, quoting the Secure Fence Act of 2006’s definition of operational control as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.”
He added: “Second, he may have lied to Congress when he testified that he was maintaining operational control of the border.
The third illegal action, Biggs said, was how Mayorkas had not detained illegal immigrants and instead released more than 1 million people into the U.S.
“The law is clear illegal aliens shall be detained,” Biggs said.
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