They find the body of the drowned migrant child in the Rio Grande and continue to search for his brother
US immigration authorities reported the discovery of the body of a migrant child from Angola who drowned this week in the Rio Grande River, on the US border with Mexico, while the search for his brother continues.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office said that Mexican authorities found the body of the minor on the Mexican side of the river last Thursday and also the body of another adult, who they did not identify.
The CPB detailed that on Monday they met the parents of the minors who had illegally crossed the border through the Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo as it is known in northern Mexico, approximately one mile west of the Puente Internacional Del River (Texas).
The couple told agents that their two sons, ages 7 and 9, were swept away by the strong currents of the river as they attempted to cross into the United States.
A Del Rio Station boat patrol unit deployed to the area in an attempt to locate the children, while the mother and father were detained by Border Patrol agents and processed, according to CBP guidelines.
Last April, the soldier Bishop Evans of the National Guard also drowned in that border area of Texas while trying to save an immigrant in the Rio Grande.
242,000 migrant apprehensions since March 2021, according to the Texas governor
The National Guard, by order of the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, promotes the “Lone Star” operation, which began in March 2021 and has been controversial and criticized by the soldiers themselves, who consider it unnecessary.
Abbott mobilized thousands of National Guard soldiers from his state to support local law enforcement authorities in apprehending undocumented immigrants crossing the border.
Abbott’s office detailed Friday that since the operation was launched, “multi-agency efforts” have led to more than 242,000 migrant apprehensions, along with more than 14,000 criminal arrests and more than 12,000 felony charges.
He assured that they have seized more than 4,700 weapons, more than 38 million dollars in cash and 344 million lethal doses of fentanyl throughout the state.