The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released a video of smugglers pushing and dragging young children through sharp barbed wire to illegally cross into the U.S.
The video was recorded on December 18 and December 22 and shows the illegal border crossing at the Yuma Sector in Arizona, the Daily Caller reports.
“On both days, agents filmed smugglers pulling families, including children, through razor wire laid across the U.S.-Mexico border,” the reports adds.
Check it out:
Speaking in Spanish, an agent can be heard yelling “Don’t do that! Look at the child!” in the Dec. 18 clip. The smuggler can be seen pushing a young boy through a hole in the metal bollard wall and past a coil of razor wire. “Hey, careful! Careful with the boy!” the agent continues as sirens go off in the background.
“Migrants continue to ignore the hazards and risk their lives attempting to cross the Rio Grande River,” Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Louie W. Collins said in a statement. “Had our Border Patrol agents not been in the area to respond quickly, the woman and her children would have more than likely drowned.”
A CBP spokesman said rescues like the one on the Rio Grande are happening more frequently.
“Rescues by BP agents along the Rio Grande have increased dramatically in recent months,” Dennis Smith, a CBP spokesman stated to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Here’s the video (Warning: the content would be considered graphic by some audiences):
As the Epoch Times reports, the CBP recently caught over 4,100 people over the course of a single day, a 10-year record. This record-breaking day is part of a larger, upward trend in illegal immigration apprehensions. From the Epoch Times:
It was the most apprehensions in a single day in the past 10 years, according to Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Kevin McAleenan.
McAleenan made the point during a March 27 press conference in El Paso, Texas.
“Two weeks ago, I briefed the media and testified to Congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point,” he said. “That breaking point has arrived this week.”
He estimated the agency will conclude the month with some 90,000 caught trying to cross the border illegally—up more than 140 percent from the year before and the most since 2008.
And, from the Daily Caller:
Not only are immigration enforcement officials dealing with a higher influx of migrants, but they are also contending with a much higher numbers of family units and unaccompanied alien children (UAC).
Nearly 100,000 apprehensions are expected to have taken place in March, which would be the highest number in over a decade. CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated that, of those apprehended in March, nearly 40,000 of them were children, leaving greater “potential for a tragic incident” to happen.