Authorities: Smugglers drop 2 children over USA border wall

Daniel Fowler
April 1, 2021

The Biden administration allowed reporters from the Associated Press and CBS to enter the main border detention facility for migrant children in Donna, Texas, on Tuesday.

Homan spoke on Tuesday in Texas after visiting a migrant processing center with members of Congress. Thousands of migrant children have crossed the border since Biden was elected.

"You had children side-by-side lying on the floor, no beds, cots, lying on the floor, covered up in emergency reflective blankets and 10% of the population there is testing positive for COVID", Cruz said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

The last time Border Patrol apprehensions surpassed 1 million was in fiscal year 2006, according to publicly available data from Customs and Border Protection. GOP and Democratic lawmakers have also expressed concerns about the conditions in which unaccompanied migrant minors are being detained amid reports that facilities are overcrowded amid the surge. "They are not six feet apart or three feet apart, they're not even six inches apart". Some children have been held for more than two weeks.

More than 2,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been held there for longer than a legal limit of 72 hours, Border Patrol official Oscar Escamilla said.

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Authorities said Santa Teresa border agents were able to find the 3- and 5-year-old sisters after being directed by the camera operator to the remote location in New Mexico, just west of El Paso, Texas.

Nevertheless, the Biden administration has issued a warning against coming to the United States southern border, where migrant arrests are at an all-time high.

The two girls were uninjured and are in a Border Patrol "temporary holding" pending placement by Health and Human Services, according to the release.

Trump had strived hard to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, one of his key campaign promises in 2016.

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