EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – At least one case of a migrant child being ‘recycled’ has been reported in El Paso, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On Wednesday, the child and the adult he/she crossed with were being processed when a field operations officer noticed several inconsistencies that led him to believe the adult and child were not related.
Agents were able to prove that the child had been “recycled” twice prior to Wednesday. The case has been given to Homeland Security Investigations for further review.
Transnational criminal organizations continue to profit from individuals utilizing loopholes in our immigration system to commit fraud,” the CBP news release said. “These groups have no concern for the welfare or safety of the children and family groups being smuggled to the Southwest Border. The U.S. Border Patrol has continuously warned about the existence of this type of illicit activity and exploitation of minors.”