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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.

Go deeper: Understanding the immigration surge

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Biden calls border situation normal: "It happens every single solitary year"

President Biden on Thursday during his first presidential press briefing argued that the uptick in migrants arriving at America's southern border is cyclical, saying, "It happens every single solitary year."

What he's saying: Biden contended that the cooler winter months provide conditions for migrants to flee their home countries. But data shows that immigration numbers are higher than usual, and unaccompanied minors are arriving at rates that outpace border facilities' resources.

House race shows Latino pushback over migrant increase

Sedillo López and Reyes in New Mexico. Photos via campaigns

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A special election to fill Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's former House seat is revealing growing frustration among Latino candidates about the Biden administration's handling of rising migration at the southern border.

Why it matters: The dynamics in this race in a Democratic-leaning and heavily Hispanic central New Mexico district representing Albuquerque could be an early indicator of how Latino voters assess President Biden's performance in office.

Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says

Photo: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, his attorney told Fox News Tuesday.

Why it matters: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel last month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.