Numerous border crossers, as detailed by the Center for Immigration Studies' Todd Bensman, are being rewarded one-year permits to live in the U.S.in a process known as "parole". The child bounces off the ground and lays stunned before getting up. They were picked up by agents after they were spotted via surveillance technology.
They were dropped from the wall by human smugglers on Tuesday evening, who fled the area on foot.
CBP says the agent utilized a night-vision camera to capture the moment two people dropped the 3-year-old and 5-year-old girls on the USA side of the border, abandoning them north of the worldwide boundary line.
The CBP release said an agent saw the two girls get dropped from the wall on a live feed and watched as the smugglers "abandoned the helpless little girls". Both girls were medically cleared and placed in federal custody.
The minor children were transported to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station for evaluation by medical personnel.
"We are now working with our law enforcement partners in Mexico and attempting to identify these ruthless human smugglers so as to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", Chavez said. The number of children and families attempting to cross the border increased by more than 100% between January and February.
According to official statistics, the Department of Health and Human Services had 12,918 migrant children in their care as of Tuesday, while CBP was responsible for the care of another 5,285. In an effort to speed things up, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has ordered case workers who are tasked with facilitating these transfers to work seven days a week. CBP said the girls remain in the agency's custody.
President Joe Biden's administration is facing growing pressure to confront the situation and criticisms about how the unaccompanied minors have been cared for while under United States government custody.
Critics say the Biden administration should have been better prepared to manage migration flows before relaxing policies.