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A 7-year-old migrant girl was abandoned by a smuggler on Tuesday at the border between the US and Mexico in the latest instance of children being abandoned and abandoned at the border.

Customs and Border Protection said the 7-year-old from El Salvador was brought on a rope ladder by a smuggler to a 30-foot border wall in the El Centro sector. Video The child is shown walking away from the smuggler after being dropped.

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Two-year-old three-month-old brother and sister abandoned by border patrol in Rio Grande

The CBP said the agents noticed and stayed away to avoid harassing the trafficker for fear that he might abandon the child. After the smuggler returned, Border Patrol agents picked up the child and took him to a nearby processing centre.

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“A child of any age or race should not face many dangers when crossing this country illegally,” Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino said in a statement. “Smugglers will always see children as objects to gain advantage, regardless of the safety and well-being of anyone except their own children.”

Border patrol releases video of 5-year-old migrant girl abandoned near wall

Unaccompanied children are not being expelled through Title 42 public health protection and taken into health and human services custody before being reunited with a sponsor, usually a parent or guardian already in the country .

This means there are regular instances of smugglers dropping off small children and leaving them to fend for themselves until they are rescued by the Border Patrol.

Agents rescued two young children abandoned on the banks of the Rio Grande River in September, including a 3-month-old baby in a baby carrier.

In June, the Border Patrol released a video of a 5-year-old migrant girl walking alone along the border after she was abandoned near the end of the wall.