Photos emerged Friday showing the two little girls who were dropped over a border fence by smugglers and left in a remote section of New Mexico.
One of the snaps, published by Fox News, shows the kids, a pair of sisters from Ecuador ages 5 and 3, dressed up in identical blue shirts and sweatpants receiving a snack from Customs and Border Protection El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez.
“When I visited with these little girls, they were so loving and so talkative, some of them were asking the names of all the agents that were there around them, and they even said they were a little hungry,” Chavez told the outlet.
“So I helped them peel a banana and open a juice box and just talked to them. You know, children are just so resilient and I’m so grateful that they’re not severely injured or [have] broken limbs or anything like that.”
On Wednesday, stunning video released by Chavez showed how the girls were dropped over a border fence in Santa Teresa and abandoned in the middle of the night, miles from the nearest residence, by a pair of smugglers who took off running on the Mexican side of the fence.
Chavez said on Thursday the girls are now “doing fine.”
“I was really horrified and appalled and worried when I first saw the images come through from my staff,” Chavez told Fox News.
“When I saw that first child dropped to the ground and then not see her move for a few seconds, I honestly thought this child just probably hit her head and is unconscious. And then I see the second child and immediately DHS, obviously, within a few minutes responded to that area to rescue them.”
The Biden administration has been grappling with a crush of unaccompanied children at the border that officials are struggling to house.
CBP projects as many as 184,000 unaccompanied migrants could cross the border by the end of Fiscal Year 2021, sources told the outlet.