Mar 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

9-year-old migrant girl drowns attempting to cross Rio Grande

A private fence along the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

A private fence along the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

A 9-year-old migrant girl drowned as her family attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Texas on March 20, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday.

The big picture: U.S. Border Patrol agents found a mother and two children unconscious on an island in the river that serves as the natural border between the U.S. and Mexico in the state of Texas.

  • The agents administered first aid while transporting the family to shore. The mother from Guatemala and her three-year-old child from Mexico regained consciousness.
  • The nine-year-old was transferred to the Eagle Pass Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services where she was pronounced dead by medical professionals.

What they're saying: “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this small child,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero II said.

  • “During these hard times our agents remain resilient, and I am extremely proud of their efforts to preserve human life.”
  • "Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2021, Oct. 1, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents have rescued over 500 migrants attempting to illegally enter the country," the CBP statement read.

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