CBP: Sus­pected smug­gler drops chil­dren from wall

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

A Yuma Sec­tor cam­era op­er­a­tor re­port­edly ob­served a group of six il­le­gal aliens, in­clud­ing two small chil­dren, travers­ing over the bor­der wall with as­sis­tance, near the San Luis port of en­try early Mon­day morn­ing.

The chil­dren were dropped from the 18-foot wall, ac­cord­ing to U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion.

At least one sub­ject in Mex­ico was seen help­ing adult mem­bers of the fam­ily group over the top of the wall, the agency said. The sub­ject then dropped two young chil­dren from the top of the wall to wait­ing fam­ily mem­bers be­low. The sub­ject re­treated to Mex­ico and was not ap­pre­hended.

The group of six from Gu­atemala was a fam­ily unit, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, ages 2, 7 and 10. All sur­ren­dered to U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol agents who ar­rived on scene. One child suf­fered a fa­cial in­jury and was treated by agents. All were taken into cus­tody.

The sec­tion of the wall where this oc­curred is part of the 27 miles in Yuma Sec­tor’s area of re­spon­si­bil­ity that has been se­lected and funded for re­place­ment.

Fed­eral law al­lows agents to charge in­di­vid­u­als by com­plaint, a method that al­lows the fil­ing of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity charges without in­fer­ring guilt. An in­di­vid­ual is pre­sumed in­no­cent un­less and un­til com­pe­tent ev­i­dence is pre­sented to a jury that es­tab­lishes guilt be­yond a rea­son­able doubt.

CBP of­fi­cials wel­come as­sis­tance from the com­mu­nity. In­di­vid­u­als can re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the Bor­der Pa­trol and re­main anony­mous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Re­port­ing il­licit ac­tiv­ity could re­sult in sav­ing some­one’s life.

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