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Border Patrol video shows smugglers drop two toddlers over 14-foot wall

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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.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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