A new video of a 7-year-old girl abandoned by a smuggler at the southern border shows the severity of the immigration crisis.
This is a constant occurrence. Unaccompanied children—despite the higher risk of drying along the way—are often abandoned at the border without knowing if they will be rescued.
CBP said the unnamed girl is from El Salvador and was taken by a smuggler on a rope ladder over the 30-foot border fence in the El Centro sector.
“The incident occurred at approximately 9:25 a.m., when El Centro Station’s Remote Video Surveillance System operators observed a male individual with a small child clinging to his back on a rope ladder atop the 30-foot United States/Mexico International Boundary Fence. The smuggler was attempting to lower the small child down onto U.S. soil,” the Border Patrol statement read.
The agents say they chose to stay away to prevent the smuggler from dropping the child for fear of being caught.
“No one, let alone a child of any age or race, should be exposed to the multitude of dangers when crossing illegally into this country,” said Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino in a statement.
“Smugglers will always view children as a commodity to gain a profit, disregarding the safety and well-being of any individual except their own,” he said.
Southern border full of unaccompanied children
Border Patrol agents constantly encounter abandoned children who are left to fend for themselves waiting to be cared for and taken to an immigration facility.
On September 16, agents also found two abandoned children on the edge of the Rio Grande River in Texas. They were a 3-month-old baby and a 2-year-old girl with a note that said “they are siblings from Honduras.”
In June, Border Patrol released a video of a 5-year-old migrant child wandering alone at the border after being abandoned near the end of the fence.
Unaccompanied children are not being removed through Title 42 public health protections and are being moved quickly into the custody of Health and Human Services before being united with a sponsor, usually a guardian or parent already in the country.
In special coverage on the southern U.S. border, El American corroborated the severity of the crisis in the face of the number of unaccompanied children stepping foot on American soil without knowing where they are going, where their family members are and what will happen to them.
As of June, the number of unaccompanied children under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was approximately 14,500.
In August, 18,847 children and 86,487 family units were admitted, representing a 4 % increase over July.