Video shows border patrol officers who help people climb walls and give pet strokes when migrants enter the US
- Video shows five migrants – two women and three children – crossing the border into the US in El Paso, Texas
- Customs and border patrol Mario Escalante helps a tired woman hit a wall
- His fellow officer, Sara Cabrera, strokes a boy's head as he crawls behind the woman
- Twitter users were outraged and said the officers were too hospitable
- It comes on the heels of news that active US forces are watching over migrants in a holding in Donna, Texas
Video has recorded border patrols that help people cross the border illegally to the US.
The clip, edited by KOLD, customs and border guards in El Paso, Texas, shows a group of five people approaching a wall.
A male runner, Mario Escalante, holds out his hand to an exhausted woman, whom he helps to climb and cross.
A young boy crosses straight behind her and he is beaten on the head by a female agent, Sara Cabrera.
The video became outraged when Twitter users accused the agents of acting more like a welcome committee.
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Video shows five migrants – two women and three children – crossing the border into the US in El Paso, Texas (photo)
Customs and border patrol Mario Escalante helps a tired woman to climb a wall, while fellow officer, Sara Cabrera, knocks a boy on the head while crossing behind the woman (photo)
& # 39; Maybe there is also the (Welcome) Wagon & # 39 ;, tweeted a user.
Another wrote: & # 39; WOW looks like that & # 39; border patrol agents & # 39; & # 39; perform as taxpayers funded by traffickers. Sad to see law officers courageously not enforcing the law.
In total, five migrants – one woman and her teenage daughter and another woman and her twin sons – are crossing the empty riverbed to the US.
KOLD reported that the group had been moved out of the sun and in the shade of a bridge for processing.
They would have traveled 1600 kilometers from Honduras, but it may take years for their immigration papers to be processed.
It comes on the heels of news that active-duty American troops are now reportedly stationed in a guard facility in Donna, Texas, according to NBC News.
Defense officials told the news organization that troops are following migrant adults and children just a few meters away at the facility.
Under US law, military personnel are not permitted to communicate directly with migrants and are not permitted to perform law enforcement functions in the country.
Officials say the forces are required to alert border protection officers if there is a problem, but they can intervene if urgent medical care is required.
A defense official has denied the reports that active forces are guarding the migrants and said they are simply watching them.
Twitter users expressed indignation about the video images and accused the officers of being too hospitable. Pictured: migrants cross the US
It comes on the heels of news that active US forces are watching over migrants in a holding in Donna, Texas. Pictured: migrants cross the US
Democratic Californian rep John Garamendi told NBC that the presence of the troops & # 39; was on the verge of the law & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It is not the job of the US Army to be a prison guard & # 39 ;, he said, adding that the & # 39; mission creep & # 39; could bring troops & # 39; into a precarious legal situation & # 39 ;.
Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security asked 1,000 additional soldiers to help manage the Texas migrant crisis amid growing outrage over conditions in migrant detention centers.
The Pentagon said at the time that they had been asked to authorize the Texas National Guard to provide support to border officials who say they are overwhelmed by the number of refugees crossing the border.
& # 39; DHS is requesting approval from 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard … to provide CBP in the state of Texas with additional holding and support for entry port maintenance, & # 39; said the statement.
Deputy Commissioner for the DPA Robert Perez, who appears on CNN, said the detention centers & # 39; were never designed to handle the volume of migrants coming our way & # 39; and the Border Patrol does its best to deal with & # 39; absolutely supersaturated conditions & # 39 ;.
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