A 9-year-old Mexican girl drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas this week with her family, federal officials said.
He was the third Mexican migrant to drown at the border in less than two weeks. Last week, two migrants perished near the Texas border town of Laredo.
The girl had entered the country at Eagle Pass on Saturday with her mother and 3-year-old brother when the three began to struggle in the water, a customs and border protection spokesperson said on Friday. Post.
“The three migrants were unconscious and washed up on an island in the river when passers-by reported border patrol officers nearby,” spokesman Dennis Smith said.
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Officers, who were patrolling the Rio Grande in the region, began administering first aid by bringing the migrants ashore.
There, they were joined by Eagle Pass emergency medical staff and were able to revive the mother and baby boy.
But the girl could not be saved. She never regained consciousness and was later pronounced dead, Smith said.
“The children were Mexican nationals; the mother is from Guatemala,” officials said.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this little child,” Del Rio Area Chief Patrol Officer Austin L. Skero II said in a statement announcing the death.
“During these difficult times, our officers remain resilient and I am extremely proud of their efforts to preserve human life.”
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Smugglers have flourished at the border, contributing to an increase in the number of crossings.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was among a group of lawmakers who visited the border this week, and on Friday he tweeted that smugglers had brazenly greeted him from across the Rio Grande.
“It’s Mexico and you can see that there are three smugglers over there, standing on the Mexican side, looking at us. They turned on their flashlights, they are yelling at us,” Cruz tweeted, recounting poorly lit images showing part of the border at night.
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“Mexican cartels control who crosses the border,” said Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who also visited the border, in her own tweet on Friday.
“A young mother from Guatemala, sitting on an aluminum blanket with her one-year-old child, told me she paid the smugglers $ 6,000,” Collins said.
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