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A three-year-old boy has drowned after he was swept by a current in the Rio Grande while their family was attempting to enter the United States.
The boy’s body was found by Texas Department of Public Safety officers north of the marine barrier in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon.
State troopers took the boy to the shore, where they were met by paramedics who rushed him to nearby hospital. The child was declared dead at the medical facility.
The victim’s nationality had not been revealed as of Thursday.
‘Another senseless tragedy due to the Federal Government’s absence in discouraging unlawful border crossings between the ports of entry & lack of implementing preventive measures,’ Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Chris Olivares wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
Migrants seeking asylum from the United States cross from Mexico via the Rio Grande on September 15. A three-year-old boy was traveling with his family Wednesday when a current separated him from his loved ones and carried him downstream. He was taken to a local hospital near Eagle Pass, Texas, and was pronounced dead
DailyMail.com reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Texas Department of Public Safety for comment.
The boy was part of about 4,000 asylum-seeking migrants who traveled crossed from Mexico and reached the Rio Grande shore near Eagle Pass on Wednesday.
They have been stopped from entering the United States and forced to camp under Camino Real International Bridge, also known as the International Bridge II. Border agents were expecting the arrival of an additional 3,000 migrants.
The massive gathering under the bridge, linking Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras, Coahuila, has led Eagle Pass Mayor Rolando Salinas to signing an Emergency Declaration.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection registered 1,973,092 encounters with migrants for unlawful entry at the southern border in fiscal year 2023
Migrants stand in front of a southern border wall near the bank of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas across from and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Salinas ruled out using the border city’s budget to shelter the migrants.
‘The City of Eagle Pass is committed to the safety and well being of our local citizens,’ Salinas said. ‘The emergency declaration grants us the ability to request financial resources to provide the additional services caused by the influx of the undocumented immigrants.’
The administration of President Joe Biden announced Wednesday it was going to dispatch 800 troops to help border officers. There are also 2,500 National Guard members across the border region helping the Department of Homeland Security along with an extra 24,000 U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and 2,600 non-uniformed officers.
The three-year-old boy’s drowning comes after Ramón, a 10-year-old boy from Honduras, also drowned September 13.
The child was crossing the Rio Grande with his mother, Yesenia Pérez, 26, when they were separated by a current.
Authorities recovered their bodies and rushed them to a hospital, where Ramón was confirmed dead. Pérez, who remained hospitalized due to injuries, fled Honduras with her son to escape from her husband, who reportedly abused her.
A migrant girl is helped in order to scaled a barbed wire fence so that she can cross into the United States south of Eagle Pass, Texas
At least 686 migrants died or disappeared attempting to cross the United States-Mexico land border in 2022, according to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration.
The latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show that border agents have reported 1,973,092 encounters with migrants for unlawful entry at the southern border in fiscal year 2023, which spans from October 2022 to September 2023. August stats have still not been released.
In comparison, 2,378,944 interdictions were reported in the fiscal year 2022, an increase from 1,734,686 encounters the previous fiscal year. At least 458,088 interdictions in all of fiscal year 2021.
The Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid last week said it expects to receive 150,000 asylum requests this year, eclipsing the record of 129,000 that they came across in 2021.
Through August they already had 100,000 – 25% above the same period in 2021. More than half of the requests were received by the agency at Mexico’s shared border with Guatemala.