EAGLE PASS, Texas — Border Patrol agents assigned to the Riverine Unit discovered the remains of four migrants and received reports that two others had been swept away by the strong currents of the Rio Grande since Sunday. The six deaths, all at Eagle Pass, include 4 adult migrants, an unidentified 14-year-old child and an infant.
According to a Customs and Border Protection source, on Sunday officers recovered the body of a 40-year-old Honduran just south of the city. On the same day, the source says another body was discovered floating in the river and reported to Mexican rescue authorities. Grupo Beta has recovered the body and has yet to release the identity.
On Monday, migrants crossed and surrendered to Border Patrol and reported that two members of their group were struggling and had been swept away by currents. According to the migrants, a 14-year-old girl and an infant were last seen separated by the waters. We think they drowned. So far, the bodies of the two have not been found.
On Tuesday, Border Patrol agents located two additional migrants who drowned in the swift current in the same vicinity. Border Patrol agents summoned the Eagle Pass Fire Department Rescue and Recovery Team to help recover the bodies. The source, not authorized to speak to the media, told Breitbart Texas of the recent spike in migrant deaths as large groups attempt to ford the river known for its ever-changing water levels.
In March, Eagle Pass Border Patrol agents picked up eight migrants in two weeks. In the nearby town of Del Rio, two other drownings were also reported during this period. The source says the increase in migrant drownings and the gruesome task of recovering remains, including toddlers and infants, are negatively impacting CBP’s workforce.
The exact number of migrants who died along the southwestern border is difficult to track. Customs and Border Protection only keeps statistics on bodies recovered by Border Patrol. This figure is not made public. Collections made by other law enforcement agencies are not collected by the agency.
As Breitbart Texas reports, the number of migrants missing or known to have died along the US-Mexico border hit an all-time high in 2021.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol posts in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.