Sunday, April 4, 2021
Smugglers, under cover of night, scaled a 14 ft. border barrier and cruelly dropped 2 young children in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The girls, ages 3 & 5, were left miles from the nearest residence. Thank you STN Agents for rescuing these children! @CBP @CBPWestTexas pic.twitter.com/U91y2g8Lk1— Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefEPT) March 31, 2021
Yesterday, Kit Johnson blogged about the border wall video that made the news this week (and here and here). The video, released by El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez, shows what appears to be smugglers climbing the border wall and dropping the 5-year-old and 3-year-old children on the other side.
Some news stories used the video of two little girls dropped over a border wall as a vehicle for criticizing the Biden administration. Fox News, for example, reported that the video "is fueling criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis at the southern border -- with critics saying the administration is encouraging smugglers and illegal immigrants."
The good news (which one would not find in the Fox News story) is that, as NPR reports, the two children, who are from Ecuador, are safe. They were taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation and released. Their mother reportedly has been located in the United States and the goal is to reunite the sisters with her. The children were released to a Border Patrol station and scheduled to be transferred to a Department of Health and Human services shelter for migrant children.