A 9-year-old Mexican girl drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas this week with her family, according to federal officials.
He was the third Mexican migrant to drowned at the border in less than two weeks. Last week, two migrants died near the Texas border city of Laredo.
The girl had been crossing into the country at Eagle Pass on Saturday with her mother and 3-year-old brother when the three began fighting in the water, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told The Post on Friday.
“All three migrants were unconscious and had been dragged to an island in the river when bystanders pointed out nearby Border Patrol agents,” said the spokesman, Dennis Smith.
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The agents, who were patrolling the Rio Grande River in the area, began administering first aid as they took the migrants to the coast.
There, they were joined by staff from Eagle Pass Emergency Medical Services and were able to revive the mother and young child.
But the girl could not be saved. She never regained consciousness and was later pronounced dead, Smith said.
“The children were of Mexican nationality; the mother is from Guatemala,” authorities said.
“We extend our condolences to the family and friends of this little boy,” said Austin L. Skero II, Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent, in a statement announcing the death.
“During these difficult times, our officers remain resilient and I am very proud of their efforts to preserve human life.”
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Smugglers have been doing a thriving business on the border, contributing to an increase in crossings.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was one of a group of lawmakers touring the border this week, tweeting on Friday that smugglers were shamelessly greeting him from across the Rio Grande.
“That’s Mexico and you can see that there are three smugglers standing there on the Mexican side looking at us. They have been focusing on us with their flashlights, they are yelling at us,” Cruz tweeted, narrating poorly lit images showing a stretch of border at night.
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“The Mexican cartels control who crosses the border,” Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who also toured the border, said in her own tweet on Friday.
“A young mother from Guatemala, sitting on an aluminum blanket with her 1-year-old son, told me she was paying smugglers $ 6,000,” Collins said.