The minors were rescued and taken to doctors for evaluation. Later, they were taken to the released hospital, where they are in custody today
“On Tuesday night in Santa Teresa, an agent using a technical camera noticed a kidnapper throwing two minors through a 14-foot (4-meter) border barrier,” Border Patrol said in a statement Wednesday.
The camera operator alerted officers at a checkpoint to a distant city where the incident took place.
The girls were taken to a CBP station in Santa Teresa, New Mexico for evaluation by paramedics and then to the hospital where they were released, where they are currently in the custody of the company.
“I am shocked at how the kidnappers brutally threw innocent children out of the 14-foot barrier last night,” said El Paso border chief Gloria I. Chavez.
Chavez noted that U.S. agents are working with officials in Mexico to identify those responsible.
“Without the surveillance of our agents using mobile technology, these two young sisters would have exposed the harsh conditions of the desert for hours,” he said.
The United States faces a sharp increase in immigration to the border, with mainly Central Americans claiming to be fleeing poverty and violence in their countries, with an average of 500 unsupported children crossing every day recently.
The administration of President Joe Biden is pushing to manage the situation at the border and giving housing to helpless minors.
According to official figures, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday had 12,918 migrant children in its care, while the CBP had 5,285.