Video shows smuggler dropping 4-year-old child from top of 30ft border wall in San Diego
A migrant smuggler dropped a 4-year-old boy from the top of a US-Mexico border wall about 30 feet high last week, federal officials said.
Surveillance footage out friday by Customs and Border Protection captured the terrifying moment an adult smuggler sitting atop the wall dropped the child to the ground near San Ysidro in San Diego.
The smuggler then immediately jumps over the barrier to help the 4-year-old and join a second, older child who was the first to jump over the wall last Monday, CBP said in a news release.
The smuggler is seen picking up the young child as a second adult makes their way over the wall and the foursome walk away.
The group was quickly apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol agents, who rushed to help the injured boy, but were interrupted by heavy gunfire.
The foursome were ordered to take cover as a CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter rushed in to provide aerial protection and Mexican law enforcement rushed to secure their side of the border, where officers believe the shots originated.
“Remarkably, the child is doing well! Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted following the frenzy. “Don’t trust the smugglers!”
It has not been confirmed if they are the parents of the child, what nationality they are or if they will be released to the United States to pursue immigration cases.
Attempts to jump the wall occur daily, but are less common in children of such a young age, agency spokesman Michael Scappechio said.
Researchers have found a sharp increase in the number of deaths and serious injuries associated with attempting to breach the San Diego wall since it was reinforced under the Trump administration.
New data shows that more than 1.5 million illegal migrants have slipped into the United States since Joe Biden took office – more than three times the number recorded in the last three years of Trump’s presidency.
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New York Post