KEY POINTS

  • Smugglers dropped the girls one by one from atop a barrier at the southern border
  • The children were rescued after they were spotted on a surveillance camera
  • Toddler sisters were taken to hospital after undergoing medical examinations

Two toddler sisters were viciously dropped from atop a 14-foot-high U.S.-Mexico border wall by smugglers before running away, a disturbing video shared by authorities Wednesday shows.

According to a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Tuesday evening, a Border Patrol agent operating a surveillance camera spotted the smugglers dropping off the toddlers over the wall at the west of Mount Cristo Rey in New Mexico. The operator immediately directed other agents to the children's location and they were successfully rescued.

The video of the incident released the following day shows an adult sitting on top of the wall taking the two children from another adult, who is on the other side, and then dropping them one by one onto the U.S. side of the wall.

Warning: The video below contains disturbing content.

When the first child lands on the ground, she appears dazed for a moment since she doesn’t move for a while after landing. The second child gets dropped onto the ground along with a small package that is thrown towards the kids by the smugglers.

The sisters are Ecuadorian -- the oldest being 5 years old and the youngest being 3.

When the children were rescued, they were brought to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station where they had medical check-ups done. After that, they were taken to a hospital to be observed further.

The two sisters are temporarily being held by Border Patrol while they wait for the Health and Human Services to determine their placement.

The El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez made a statement where she said, “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 the desert environment for hours.”

Chavez added, “We are currently 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.”

In March 2020, a 19-year-old pregnant woman fell from the top of the U.S.-Mexico border wall after she attempted to climb over it with a man. The man managed to convince the Border Patrol agents to get the woman medical attention. She made it to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries a few days later.

By the end of 2020, the Donald Trump administration completed its goal of constructing 452 miles of new barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The project with a total cost of about $16 billion was aimed at reducing illegal immigration to the U.S. from Mexico. The sensors and surveillance equipment installed help alert Border Patrol agents of suspected migrants who try to cross the border illegally.

A portion of the wall on the US-Mexico border, seen from Chihuahua State in Mexico A portion of the wall on the US-Mexico border, seen from Chihuahua State in Mexico Photo: AFP / HERIKA MARTINEZ