Tragic Discovery: Mexico Retrieves Two Bodies from the Rio Grande, One Near Texas’ Floating Barrier

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Mexican authorities are currently engaged in the process of identifying two bodies discovered in the Rio Grande this week. 

One of the bodies was located near the floating barrier that Texas Governor Greg Abbott had recently installed in the Rio Grande, opposite Eagle Pass, Texas.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department disclosed the finding of a body near the floating barrier on Wednesday. Subsequently, the Coahuila state prosecutor’s office confirmed that two bodies had been recovered, and efforts to identify them were underway.

The Texas Department of Public Safety released a statement on Thursday, revealing that they had received a report on Wednesday of a potential drowning victim found upstream from the marine barrier. 

The organization informed both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Mexican Consulate. Later that same day, a second body was discovered at the marine barrier. Preliminary information suggests that the individual drowned upstream and drifted into the boys. 

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Tragic History of Migrant Drownings in the Rio Grande

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Mexican authorities are currently engaged in the process of identifying two bodies discovered in the Rio Grande this week.

 

The marine barrier is staffed continuously to prevent any attempts by migrants to cross.

Both Abbott’s office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have not yet provided a response to media inquiries.

Initially, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department stated that one body was found near the barrier, but later revised the information, revealing that a second body was found approximately 3 miles (5 kilometers) upriver from the buoy area. The cause of death remains unknown in both cases.

Concerns had been raised about the safety risks posed by the floating barrier, which was intended to impede migrants from climbing over or swimming under it. Mexico had previously warned that the bright orange, large-sized buoys on the Rio Grande violated river use treaties and infringed on Mexico’s sovereignty.

The installation of the barrier in July, stretching approximately three soccer fields in length, has led to a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department against Governor Abbott. The lawsuit seeks to compel Texas to remove the barrier due to humanitarian and environmental concerns raised by the Biden administration.

Tragically, migrant drownings in the Rio Grande are not uncommon. Before the buoys were installed, four individuals, including an infant, drowned in the river near Eagle Pass over the Fourth of July weekend. 

The situation underscores the ongoing complexities and challenges surrounding border security and migration in the region.

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