Nine Illegal Border Crossers Die In Rio Grande

The humanitarian crisis caused by the Biden administration on the southern border claimed more lives needlessly on Friday, as nine illegal migrants died attempting to cross the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass, Texas.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents said all nine victims drowned in the river’s increasingly strong currents. Heavy rain in the area caused the river’s level to rise two feet in less than one day, from three feet to five feet.

CBP officers were able to rescue 37 migrants from the swift water and detained 16 who had already escaped the river on the U.S. side. Mexican officers detained another 39 migrants. The original fatality count of eight unfortunately went up to nine confirmed deaths Saturday, while several others are still unaccounted for.

University of Texas Central American and Mexico Policy Initiative director Stephanie Leutert said that the river is deceptive because there are many places where people can safely wade all the way across when water levels are low.

However, she said that when levels are up, “it’s extremely dangerous, especially if you’re carrying kids or trying to help someone who is not a strong swimmer.”

Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas witnessed a 38-year-old Nicaraguan drown in May attempting to cross the Rio Grande. He said that it was “horrific to see” a migrant who surely left behind bad conditions to come to the U.S. “under false pretenses about this nation’s immigration policy.”

Just this week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre attempted to deny that migrants are simply walking across the border illegally.

When she was asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy why illegals are allowed to walk in without COVID vaccinations, she said, “I know that’s not what you guys want to happen. But that is what is happening.”

In addition to risking their own safety to rescue and detain illegal immigrants only to have the Biden administration release them into the U.S., CBP agents have been seizing shocking amounts of deadly fentanyl being smuggled across the border by the Mexican criminal cartels.

Agents near the Nogales port of entry last month seized around 265,000 multi-colored fentanyl pills designed to look like candy and sidewalk chalk for children. Nogales Port Director Michael Humphries posted a tweet detailing the seizure and added that massive amounts of cocaine and heroin were also captured.