NEAR YUMA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Two teens in the U.S. illegally were hospitalized after they scaled an 18-foot border wall near Yuma, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A group of six from Guatemala got into the U.S. illegally east of the San Luis Port of Entry by going over the border wall around 1 p.m. on Friday.

A 14-year-old girl who was traveling with her mother fell off the wall and seriously injured her back.

A 17-year-old girl scaled the wall and fell off the wall and hurt her ankle.

Border agents arrived and helped emergency crews stabilize the two girls.

The 14-year-old was eventually flown to a Phoenix hospital. The other girl was taken to a hospital in Yuma and later released.

“People entering our country illegally, at places other than designated ports of entry, put themselves and their families in dangerous situations that could result in significant injury or even death," said Yuma Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Carl Landrum in a statement.

The other four in the group were taken into custody.

There are signs along the border wall that say crossers should not attempt climbing the fence. The wall, which is nearly two stories, also has sharp edges on top that "can cause cuts or loss of limbs," agents said.


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Barely in this country a fraction of a second and already they place a burden of taxpayers. Do you have any idea what a medflight like that and subsequent treatment costs??


Hopefully they will now be denied legal entry into the US forever. Now they are criminals and not wanted in this country.

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