A three-year-old boy died after his family tried to cross the United States border through the Rio Grande, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) told Afp this Thursday.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Marine Tactical Unit “received information about a child swept away by the current of the Rio Grande when he was trying to cross the river with his family.” north of the sea barrier at Eagle Pass“said the spokesperson in an email.
“Officers located a three-year-old boy and transported him to shore” but he was “declared dead” at the hospital to which medical personnel took him, he added.
On Tuesday, the mayor of the Texas city of Eagle Pass, which borders Piedras Negras in Mexico, one of the stretches used by migrants to cross the border, issued an emergency declaration due to a “strong” increase in migrants.
According to the latest official data, the border patrol intercepted on the border with Mexico 132,652 migrants in Julycompared to 99,545 in June.