A remote camera captured a scenario being played out on a regular basis at the border of Mexico and the United States. The blurry night vision video shows two people lifting one child and then another up to the top of the wall and then dropping them one at a time over the wall. The young children, later discovered to be sisters around three and five years old, were from Ecuador. No other people were around to meet them but fortunately, Border Patrol officers got to the children quickly before harm could come to them. The adults who dropped them over the wall immediately ran back into the desert from the direction they came. The children were taken to a Border Patrol temporary holding facility and will be placed into foster care by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.
February 2021 saw the most unaccompanied children crossing into the US in years with a total of 9,000 children coming without a parent. Previously, the record was May 2019, with around 11,000 unaccompanied children arriving via the border.