Nine migrants died trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas according to Border Patrol.
Nine migrants died trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- Dozens of migrants attempted the dangerous crossing near Eagle Pass, Texas on Thursday.
- Days of heavy rains produced unusually swift currents that made the hazardous crossing even more dangerous.
- Border Patrol agents took 53 migrants into custody, including 37 rescued from the Rio Grande, while Mexican authorities arrested 39 additional people.
- Axios reported the migrants were trying to cross into Eagle Pass, TX, a town that has become “a major entry point for migrants” where Rio Grande drownings have become tragically common.
- ABC News wrote the Del Rio Sector where the migrants attempted to cross is “fast becoming the busiest corridor for illegal crossings” where “agents stopped migrants nearly 50,000 times” in July alone.
- CBS News noted 728 migrants reportedly died along the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021, a record number that U.S. officials said was likely an undercount.
- The Wall Street Journal noted CBP has discovered the bodies of more than 200 dead migrants from October to July in just the Del Rio Sector, which covers 245 miles of the border along the Rio Grande.
- Breitbart reported more than 5,000 migrants were apprehended after illegally crossing the river over the past weekend and approximately 1,855 migrants crossed the Rio Grande every day last week.
- FOX News quoted border district Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX), who criticized President Biden’s lax immigration policies for contributing to the humanitarian disaster. Rep. Gonzales tweeted, “53 DEAD in a truck, 53 in a river, countless dead in ditches, gullies and desert throughout #TX23….how many more must die before Biden visits the border?”
© Dominic Moore, 2022