Video shows smuggler ABSEIL migrant girl, 7, bottom of 9m high border wall, then leaves her

Shocking footage has been released showing a ‘coyote’ people smuggler rappelling a seven-year-old migrant girl from El Salvador down the edge of a 100-foot (30-meter) border wall in California, then leaving her in America without food or water.

The surveillance video, posted on Twitter by US Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Greg Bovino, depicts the terrifying ordeal of the little girl when she is dumped on American soil after the perilous 2,670-mile journey from El Salvador to Mexico, reportedly on her own, before crossing the border between the US and Mexico crossed.

The incident happened around 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, just two miles west of California’s Calexico Port of Entry, close to the All-American Canal in the state’s Imperial Valley.

Shocking footage has been released showing a ‘coyote’ people smuggler rappelling a seven-year-old migrant girl from El Salvador down the edge of a 100-foot (30-meter) border wall in California, then leaving her in America without food or water.

The footage shows the seven-year-old clinging to the back of a male smuggler as he climbs the 30-foot-tall US/Mexico International Boundary Fence and dangles from a rope ladder

The footage shows the seven-year-old clinging to the back of a male smuggler as he climbs the 30-foot-tall US/Mexico International Boundary Fence and dangles from a rope ladder

The footage shows the seven-year-old clinging to the back of a male smuggler as he climbs the 30-foot-tall US/Mexico International Boundary Fence and dangles from a rope ladder.

The smuggler lowers the child to the ground and leaves her there, fleeing back over the wall the way he came.

The heartbreaking footage shows the small child alone, left without food or water to survive, walking along the edge of the boundary wall.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a press release that officers had seen what was happening on the surveillance systems at El Centro Station.

Fearing that the coyote would drop the child from the 10-foot wall in an attempt to escape, the officers decided to wait until the child was on the ground before coming closer.

“Agents immediately recognized the dangerous situation of the people smuggler and decided to wait until the child was safely on the ground before approaching,” the Dutch DPA said in a statement.

“This decision was made with caution, in the belief that the smuggler could panic and drop the child, causing serious injury or death, given the height of the border wall.”

The smuggler lowers the child to the ground and leaves her there, fleeing back over the wall the way he came

The smuggler lowers the child to the ground and leaves her there, fleeing back over the wall the way he came

The heartbreaking footage shows the small child - who has no food or water to survive - walking along the side of the border wall

The heartbreaking footage shows the small child – who has no food or water to survive – walking along the side of the border wall

The smuggler had instructed the child to walk north.

This further endangered the child, the CBP said, as the All-American Canal is just north of the border wall.

The channel is known as the most dangerous body of water in the US, with deceptively fast currents and depths of up to 20 feet.

This year alone, dozens of migrants have drowned in the waterway amid desperate attempts to enter America.

Border police officers, aware of the potentially fatal situation, immediately rescued the child and found her about 15 meters north of the border.

They performed a wellness check on the seven-year-old and escorted her to a vehicle before taking her to the El Centro Sector Processing Center.

The smuggler had instructed the child to walk north.  This put the child in further danger, the CBP said, since just north of the border wall is the All-American Canal (above).

The smuggler had instructed the child to walk north. This put the child in further danger, the CBP said, since just north of the border wall is the All-American Canal (above).

The surveillance video was posted on Twitter by U.S. Border Patrol chief Greg Bovino, who reprimanded the

The surveillance video was posted on Twitter by U.S. Border Patrol chief Greg Bovino, who reprimanded the “insensitive smuggler” for putting the young child in “great danger.”

There she was medically assessed and found to have suffered no injuries.

According to the CBP, the little girl had made the journey alone from her home in El Salvador.

When she arrived in Mexico, she was taken to a house with other children for several days.

From there, she was then smuggled across the US-Mexico border. Unaccompanied minors arriving in the US from across the border will be sent to a relative, if they can provide information.

If not, they are held in custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement until they are 18, although some can be taken care of before then.

Border Patrol has not commented on whether the child caught on camera has a US-based relative who can now care for her.

Chief Bovino criticized the “insensitive smuggler” for putting the young child in “great danger,” while vowing to continue the prosecution of child smugglers “to the utmost.”

“No one, let alone a child of any age or race, should be exposed to the many dangers of crossing this country illegally,” he said.

“Smugglers will always see children as commodities for profit, without regard for the safety and well-being of any individual except their own.”

In total, more than 1.5 million migrants were apprehended at the border in fiscal year 2021 - more than tripling the 458,000 in 2020

In total, more than 1.5 million migrants were apprehended at the border in fiscal year 2021 – more than tripling the 458,000 in 2020

The child is one of more than 132,000 unaccompanied minors detained by Border Patrol after crossing the US southern border so far in fiscal year 2021.

This is more than a fourfold increase in the number of unaccompanied minors found in 2020 when 33,000 were detained at the border.

This is because the US has continued to struggle in recent months to cope with a wave of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border.

In total, more than 1.5 million migrants were apprehended at the border in fiscal year 2021 – more than tripling the 458,000 in 2020.

Thousands of Haitian and Latin American migrants have flocked to the border in droves, with nearly 28,000 Haitian migrants encountering border police officers in fiscal year 2021. In 2020, the number was 4,395.

Last month, about 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants camped near a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, sparking a humanitarian outcry against the Biden administration.

Now officers have been told to brace themselves for the possibility of up to 400,000 migrants crossing the border in October.

This would be nearly double the 21-year high in July when 210,000 crossed the line.

Migrants from Haiti spend a night in a base camp before crossing the infamous Darien Gap on their journey to the United States

Migrants from Haiti spend a night in a base camp before crossing the infamous Darien Gap on their journey to the United States

Typically, Haitian migrants break camp at dawn before trekking through the 106-kilometer stretch of undeveloped, uncontrolled rainforest

Typically, Haitian migrants break camp at dawn before trekking through the 106-kilometer stretch of undeveloped, uncontrolled rainforest

The US is facing a migrant crisis at its border.  Migrants, most of them from Haiti, set off from a base camp towards the jungle in the infamous Darien Gap as they journey to the US

The US is facing a migrant crisis at its border. Migrants, most of them from Haiti, set off from a base camp towards the jungle in the infamous Darien Gap as they journey to the US

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