SAN DIEGO - Ten people illegally crossed the United States-Mexico border Monday night after a smuggler used two young children as decoys, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
The smuggler dropped two Salvadoran girls, ages 6 and 9, over the aging border barrier behind concertina wire before driving away and returning to Mexico, according to a tweet by the federal law enforcement agency.
The girls were given immediate medical attention and taken to a nearby station for processing.
During the time the agents were away from their positions, 10 people illegally crossed the border nearby and got away, CBP said.
Last night, a human smuggler dropped two young Salvadoran girls, 6 and 9, from the aging border barrier behind concertina wire. As agents vacated their patrol positions in response, 10 people crossed illegally nearby. They eluded capture. #USBP #CBP #BORDER #BORDERSECURITY pic.twitter.com/t2QNmQLpoK
— CBP San Diego (@CBPSanDiego) March 12, 2019