KEY POINTS

  • El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief Gloria Chavez visited the sisters 
  • The sisters weren't seriously injured when they were dropped off the wall
  • Agents have located the mother of the two sisters in New York

Two toddler sisters dropped off the top of the U.S.-Mexico border wall by smugglers Thursday are doing well and their mother has been traced to New York, a Border Patrol official said.

El Paso Border Patrol Sector chief Gloria Chavez told Fox News that she’s grateful the  Ecuadorian sisters, aged 5 and 3, didn’t sustain any injuries or wounds. She added that the girls were loving and talkative when she visited them in an unidentified facility.  

Earleir reports said they would be transferred to a Department of Health and Human Services shelter for migrant children.

"For [the smugglers], it's just a profit," Chavez said. When she saw how the smugglers were handling the children, she was worried that they’d keep doing it in remote areas.

She said desert areas near non-urban Lordsburg, New Mexico, and Fort Hancock, Texas, were main target locations for smugglers. Border Patrol agents will have challenges to overcome as the logistics to get to those locations are "quite high," she said.

Chavez said the girls didn’t just walk up to the border. The whole operation, she said, was organized by smugglers paid to do that.

The video released by Chavez showed the smugglers throw something over the wall after they dropped the second sister. The thrown item was a bag, which contained a phone, with a phone number and the two sisters’ passports. Agents were able to use the information from these items to contact the toddlers’ mother, who lives in New York.

Chavez said the investigation would continue to trace the ones responsible for the horrific act. They don’t want another unaccompanied minor to cross over the border.

Illegal immigration has always been a problem, leading to accidental deaths as someone tries cross over the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. According to the International Organization for Migration, at least 500 migrants have died since 2014. In the first three months of 2021, there were 77 migrant deaths on the border, which is already 64% of all of 2020.  The figures include the SUV crash about 125 miles east of San Diego that killed 13 people last month.

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