A three-year-old boy died after his family attempted to cross the US border across the Rio Grande, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) told Afp on Thursday.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Marine Tactical Unit “received information about a child who was swept away by the current of the Rio Grande while attempting to cross the river with his family.” north of the sea barrier at Eagle Pass” the spokesman said in an email.
“Officers located a three-year-old boy and brought him to shore,” but he was “pronounced dead” at the hospital where medical staff took him, he added.
On Tuesday, the mayor of the Texas city of Eagle Pass, which borders Piedras Negras in Mexico, one of the sections used by migrants to cross the border, issued an emergency declaration “strong” increase in migrants.
According to the latest official information, the border patrol has intercepted on the border with Mexico 132,652 migrants in July compared to 99,545 in June.
Several US media outlets, citing anonymous government sources, claim that several thousand have recently been entering the country every day.
Given this situation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this Wednesday that will send 800 military personnel Active duty “to assist with logistics and other tasks at the border.”
So far, the Department of Defense is supporting DHS in this regard 2,500 permanent National Guard troops.
Additionally, there are 24,000 CBP agents and officers at the border and more than 2,600 contracted non-uniform officers, according to DHS.
American President, Democrat Joe Biden, candidate for a second term in 2024, blames Congress for the immigration crisis for not being able to agree on a Integral reform.
On May 12, the government repealed a public health order known as Title 42 that allowed it to block almost all migrants who arrived without the documents required for entry.
At the same time, new entry regulations were introduced that are in practice restrict access to asylum for example, by forcing migrants to make an appointment via a mobile phone application or to complete it in the countries through which they travel.
According to official data, the United States has expelled or sent back more than 253,000 people to 152 countries since May 12, many of them in Latin America.