The Biden administration’s border crisis continues to grow worse, with a record 170,000 migrants—the highest level in 15 years—crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally last month, according to The Washington Post. The danger of the crisis was brought to life in a shocking video released by El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez, showing human smugglers dropping two small children over a 14-foot barrier wall.
Chavez said the children, three-year-old and five-year-old sisters, “were left miles from the nearest residence,” and had to be rescued by border patrol agents.
After the smugglers dropped the children over the border wall, they can be seen fleeing from the scene back into Mexico.
“If not for the vigilance of our agents using mobile technology,” Chavez said, “these two tender-aged siblings would have been exposed to the harsh elements of desert environment for hours.”
As the crisis unfolds, the Biden administration continues to avoid addressing its border policies that have fueled the worsening crisis. The administration has also censored reports from inside migrant facilities, where adults and children can be seen crammed together sleeping on floors without any social distancing. According to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a Biden administration staffer tried blocking him from recording at a facility last week.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) currently has more than 5,000 child migrants in custody, while Health and Human Services (HHS) has more than 11,000. In all, CBP projects 184,000 migrant children will cross the border in fiscal year 2021, the highest number of unaccompanied children in history.
Making matter worse, Border Patrol agents said they arrested two Yemeni men trying to cross the border this year who were on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and the No-Fly list.
Last week, a group of Republican lawmakers visited the border to see the crisis for themselves—something both President Biden and his border czar Kamala Harris haven’t yet done. Standing on the banks of the Rio Grande watching smugglers in real time, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said,
It’s midnight. We’re on the banks of the Rio Grande. And across the river, we can hear the sounds of cartel members taunting us, yelling at us. They’re exploiting women and children. They are smuggling drugs into this country. This system is inhuman. It’s dangerous.
Unlike Trump’s “zero tolerance” border policies, the Biden administration is openly accepting unaccompanied migrant children into the United State, which experts warn is incentivizing cartels to smuggle children across the border at a profit, as depicted in the earlier video. While the Biden administration claims this is a “humane” approach to the southern border, encouraging cartels to drop innocent children over 14-foot walls into an empty desert is anything but.
Thankfully, the two sisters survived the drop and are now expected to be reunited with their mother. But as Biden’s own Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas pointed out, that’s not the case for every child being smuggled over the border thanks to Biden’s perverse incentive structure.
In March alone, Mayorkas said, “a young girl died by drowning, a 6-month-old was thrown into the river.”
Let’s hope the Biden administration quickly wakes up to the inhumanity of its reckless border policies. After all, it’s only a matter of time before another one of these horrific incidents happen again.