The Texas state government in the United States of America places a buoy barrier on the Rio Grande River, on the border with Mexico
A three-year-old boy died after his family tried to cross the US border across the Rio Grande, the river that marks the border between the country and Mexico.
A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the news on Thursday (21).
On Wednesday afternoon, the Marine Tactical Unit received information about a boy who was swept away by the current of the Rio Grande as he and his family attempted to cross the river north of the levee at Eagle Pass, the spokeswoman said in an email.
She added, “The officers found a three-year-old boy and carried him to the beach,” but he was declared dead at the hospital to which the medical staff was taken.
Increase in the number of immigrants in the region
On Tuesday, the mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas, which borders Mexico, declared a state of emergency due to the sharp increase in the number of migrants.
According to the latest official data, the Border Patrol intercepted 132,652 migrants at the border with Mexico in July, and 99,545 interceptions in June.
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that it was sending 800 military personnel “to assist with logistics and other tasks at the border.”
To date, the Department of Defense assists the Department of Homeland Security with 2,500 permanent members of the National Guard.
Additionally, according to the Department of Homeland Security, there are 24,000 Border Patrol agents and officers, and more than 2,600 contract officers.
Since May 12, the United States has expelled or returned more than 253,000 people to 152 countries, many in Latin America, according to official data.
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