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Caught on video: Young children dropped by smugglers over Santa Teresa border wall into desert

SANTA TERESA, New Mexico – A U.S. Border Patrol surveillance camera captured what officials described as "disturbing" video of human smugglers dropping two young children over a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border just west of Mt. Cristo Rey in Santa Teresa.

The video of the Tuesday night incident was released by authorities on Wednesday, with El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief Gloria Chavez saying she was "appalled by the way these smugglers viciously dropped innocent children from a 14-foot border barrier."

Officials said after the helpless 3-year-old and 5-year-old sisters from Ecuador landed on the ground, two smugglers could be seen quickly fleeing the scene.

Border agents described the two girls as having been "mistreated" and said the pair were evaluated at a local hospital before being taken to a temporary holding facility; the girls joined 700 other unaccompanied children at the Border Patrol station at Hondo Pass.

"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 desert environment for hours,” Chavez said.

Homeowners living near the area where the girls were dropped over the border barrier also reacted with dismay to the video.

"That's pretty intense man. That's just crazy," said resident Ivan Castro.

"I have a toddler myself, so I picture my baby being left by themselves and not knowing where to go. It,s sad," added Karin Peters, another area resident.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



  1. Remember all the jokes and videos about how easy it was to bypass the wall? Ask the woke comedians made funny jokes about it. Now it’s not really funny huh….m0r0ns they are

      1. A three and five year old being dropped 18 feet into hard packed dirt against their will is bypassing the wall? You’re sick man, if this is somehow your way of saying haha to Trump you’re 100% sick. They were injured and you’re thinking see there you can bypass the wall…… why not catapult them over? Unbelievable that you can consider that any sort of “success”

  2. The wall has never worked. Hope these little ones are safe from smugglers, human traffickers, trumpite filth, evangelical christians, and republicans. Hope they are sent to their family members soon.

    1. If walls don’t work, why the fuck did the COWARDS in DC erect a fortress? Pathetic government!!! And charlie probably has fences, walls, gates, and locks around his property! Again… PATHETIC!!!

      1. thank you……a fortified wall worked at the capitol when they were anticipating illegal entry. Cmon ebdou/turner twist into a pretzel and tell us how it was different

  3. Well, considering they just spent considerable time with human smugglers/traffickers because their parents put them it that position, maybe family isn’t in their best interest. Let’s be honest here, how is anyone supposed know where they were being sent. Those babies need a very safe, loving place.

  4. Walls work if you ENFORCE them and if trespassed upon, a consequence. Then, boundaries hold. Lock at DC with razor wire and ARMED GUARDS!

  5. Hey charlie, i’m starting to lean towards a post about a month ago where someone stated they kinda hope an unhinged muslim visits your ignorant @ss, we could only hope

  6. The poor unhinged muslims don’t have much room to work with all the unhinged trumpite filth running around claiming the election was stolen.

  7. What if, and bear with me, I’m just spit-ballin’ here, what if Mexico stopped all the illegal invaders at their Southern border and turned them away, didn’t allow them in, didn’t aid and abet their travel across Mexico? What if? Hmmm.

  8. Go back to fairly recent history and you’ll find the Mexican army was on their border under Trumps agreement with the government and it was working then came along the senile socialist President

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