What we know about the drownings of 3 Mexican migrants in Eagle Pass, Texas

Smerconish: Is Abbott’s border war on DOJ a political ploy? CNN — The drowning deaths of a woman and two children from Mexico near the US-Mexico border have magnified the rift between Texas and federal officials over who has jurisdiction in that part of the Rio Grande area and how to grapple with the migrant crisis. The tragedy happened days after state authorities blocked the US Border Patrol from accessing miles of the US-Mexico border near Eagle Pass, Texas, which was recently the epicenter of the migrant crisis , officials said. But whether a lack of access may have played a role in the deaths is in dispute. On Monday, authorities with Mexico’s National Institute of Migration identified the deceased as Victerma de la Sancha Cerros, 33; Yorlei Rubi, 10; and Jonathan Agustín Briones de la Sancha, 8. Here’s what we know and what’s still unclear: What federal officials say happened Border Patrol learned six migrants were in distress in the Rio Grande at about 9 p.m. CT on Friday, Democratic US Rep. Henry Cuellar posted on X , formerly known as Twitter. He said Border Patrol officials called the Texas Military Department, the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety but “were unsuccessful” in relaying the information by phone. Exclusive: Biden administration demands Texas immediately stop blocking Border Patrol access Federal agents then went to the gate at Shelby Park – a city park on the Rio Grande blocked off by state authorities with fencing, gates and razor wire – to provide the information, Cuellar wrote. “However, Texas Military Department soldiers stated they would not grant access to the migrants – even in the event of an emergency – and that they would send a soldier to investigate the situation,” Cuellar posted on X. The bodies […]

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