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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The undocumented minors flooding into the U.S. could be impacting the number of sophisticated smugglers crossing the Mexican border into Arizona.

When the surge of children crossing the border began, CBS 5 News asked tough questions about how that affects border security.

Reports of border agents changing diapers, making formula and staffing detention centers means fewer boots on the border.

Evidence shows how sophisticated smugglers may be taking advantage of the crisis.

They look like Army rangers, dressed in fatigues with heavy packs on their back, but they aren't part of the military and may be well-trained drug smugglers crossing the border into Arizona.

The pictures were posted to the conservative political site Townhall.

Contributor Katie Pavlich said they're from a hidden camera on public land, 30 miles north of the Mexico border in southeast Arizona. The photos were taken on July 3 and again three days later.

The National Border Patrol Counsel Vice President Shawn Moran said he's not surprised by the pictures, which he believes are a direct result of the humanitarian crisis happening in Texas.

"We're going to see a ripple effect in terms of how the manpower is assigned," Moran said.

Border agents are being yanked from patrol duty to help process thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S.

"If we're pulling them out of remote areas that may have very few agents assigned to them to begin with, it just leaves them open for smugglers to come through," Moran said.

Moran said about 250 agents nationwide have been shifted from their normal patrols to help with processing - that's just a fraction of the 3,000 agents in the Tucson sector alone, but Moran said every agent pulled from duty means one fewer pair of eyes looking out for drug smugglers.

On Thursday night, people were protesting at Interstate 10 and Seventh Street in Phoenix, demanding President Barack Obama move forward on immigration reform to stop separating families by sending the kids home.

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