Distressing footage has been released of a mother and her two young children being lowered down a nine metre (30ft) tall wall using a rope on the US-Mexico border.
The family, who are undocumented migrants from Venezuela, were helped over the border wall by human smugglers about three miles (4.8km) west of the Calexico West Port of Entry in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Camera operators saw three smugglers providing a ladder to climb the fence on the Mexican side before using a rope to lower down each person over the wall into the United States.
A man was lowered over the wall first before a second man followed as a small child clung to his back. A woman was then seen holding on to another child.
The three adults and two children were taken into custody and transported to El Centro Processing Center.
Agents found the children were a two-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, and the woman was their 32-year-old mother.
The smugglers were unrelated to the mother and her children.