A 9-year-old Mexican girl tragically drowned recently while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in Rio Grande, Texas, with her mother and 3-year-old brother, U.S. federal officials said.
A Customs and Border Protection spokesman said Friday (March 26) that the girl was crossing the border with her mother and 3-year-old brother in Eagle Pass on Saturday when the trio drowned, lost consciousness and washed ashore on an island in the river.
Fox News reported that after receiving first aid from the local border commissioner, the mother and boy were successfully revived, but the 9-year-old girl did not regain consciousness and unfortunately lost her Life.
Officials noted that “the children are Mexican nationals and the mother is from Guatemala” in the Family.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this child,” said Austin L. Skero II, chief local patrolman, in a statement announcing the girl’s death.
“Our agents remain resilient during difficult times, and I am very proud of their efforts to save human lives.”
The Biden administration is under recent pressure from outsiders over the issue of illegal immigrant children traveling to the border, and on March 25, ABC News correspondent Cecilia Vega asked whether Biden would allow unaccompanied child migrants into the U.S. in Honduras, where the mother of a 9-year-old boy was allowed to make the boy’s own trek to the U.S. border because she thought Biden would let those children to enter the United States and whether this constitutes an incentive for what constitutes an immigrant adventure. For related issues, Biden’s answers were said to be too vague and did not answer countermeasures, prompting condemnation.
Since January of this year, illegal immigrant smuggling at the U.S. border has become more and more rampant. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who recently visited the border with several members of Congress, tweeted Friday that human traffickers were openly greeting him from across the Rio Grande.
“That’s Mexico, and you can see three smugglers standing on the Mexican side looking at us. They’ve been shining flashlights at us and they’re yelling at us,” Cruz tweeted, posting photos of the border at night.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R), who also rushed to the border that day, said in a Friday tweet that “Mexican traffickers are controlling who crosses the border.”
Collins said, “A young mother from Guatemala sitting on an aluminum blanket with her one-year-old child told me she paid $6,000 to traffickers.”