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Dramatic border video with kids surfaces amid crossing surge

Posted at 6:25 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 21:25:09-04

PHOENIX (AP) - As sirens wail in the background, migrant smugglers push adults and children through hole in a border fence despite an officer's demands that they return to Mexico.

"Return back!" the agent yells in the first of two Customs and Border Protection videos released Tuesday that show how dramatic and dangerous migrant crossings into the U.S. can be when involving small children.

"Don't do that! Look at the child!" the alarmed agent yells in the Dec. 18 video as smugglers push adults and children through a hole under the border wall in Yuma, Arizona and past a large coil of razor wire.

The videos recorded more than three months ago have come to light amid a surge of migrant families arriving at the U.S. border, overwhelming processing and holding centers.