The drownings of two illegal immigrant children who were swept away as they tried to cross the river that separates the US from Mexico on Monday are the latest examples of the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
A 2-month-old baby boy was rescued from the Rio Grande on the same day, according to a San Antonio TV station. In dramatic video, a Border Patrol agent performed CPR on the baby’s tiny body after he was pulled from the river.
The baby, who is in critical condition at a San Antonio hospital, and one of the children who drowned — identified only as a 3-year-old boy — were part of an immigrant group that tried to cross into the US illegally near Eagle Pass, Texas.
In a separate drowning incident, video from a Mexican news station shows rescuers pulling a 5-year-old girl’s body from the Rio Grande near El Paso, Texas. The girl was swept away from her mother’s arms during the crossing attempt, with her body later recovered downstream. The girl’s mother, who was not identified, was also saved by Mexican rescuers, a dramatic photo obtained by KVIA shows.
The Guatemalan girl and her mother were among a larger group of immigrants who tried to cross into the US illegally, according to KVIA.
The group underestimated the Rio Grande waters, which often look calm on the surface but carry a dangerous undercurrent.
In total, five immigrants were saved from death in the Rio Grande by rescuers on both the US and Mexican sides.
The immigrants failed to get across the river to the US.
The number of migrants arrested at the border is on pace to top 2 million for the first time ever, according to the Biden administration. Earlier this month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claimed 2,000 immigrants had attempted to illegally enter the US through the Del Rio sector in a single weekend.
“President Biden can’t be bothered to clean up the mess he created,” Cruz tweeted.
The extreme and dangerous measures immigrants are going through to sneak into the country caught the attention of Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), who recently tweeted that “smuggling at the border is out of control” while referring to another border incident.
“This is what happens when the President refuses to address this crisis,” said Gonzalez.