Warning of extreme importance: Rio Grande sector near Eagle Pass brings increasing dangers, Texas chief patrol agent says
Along the Rio Grande, close to Eagle Pass, there are more dangerous conditions, according to the head patrol agent of the Del Rio Sector. Rains in the region are raising the currents in a portion of the border river where nine migrants perished in a single incident while attempting to cross the river earlier this week.
“This is a warning of extreme importance; the currents of the Rio Grande have become more dangerous due to recent and continuous rainfall, and additional rain is projected to fall over the course of the next week,” the alert read. “This is a warning of extreme importance.” In a statement that was sent to Breitbart Texas, Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens said the following. “Despite these dangerous conditions, U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector continue to run with huge groups of more than 100, sometimes even 200 people trying to cross the Rio Grande every day,”
The airboat is an indispensable tool utilized by our skilled Riverine agents. Highly maneuverable and able to run in very shallow water, these boats provide our agents a unique method of transportation and are key to the many rescues we encounter on the Rio Grande. pic.twitter.com/5ZIXzxb5Rg
— Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) September 2, 2022
“At the present time, at least nine folks have lost their lives over the course of the past few days while attempting to traverse this area,” stated Owens. “We are urging everyone to kindly refrain from crossing the border illegally so that we can prevent the needless loss of further lives.”
Chief Owens made mention of an event that took place on Thursday, in which a group of more than 50 migrants entered the border in a single crossing. It was first reported by Breitbart Texas that migrants from that group said that many of their fellow travelers had been carried away by the currents.
By Thursday afternoon, authorities discovered the bodies of four migrants who had drowned in the river. By the morning of Saturday, there were a total of nine people who had passed away.
The statement made by Chief Owens was also issued in Spanish by officials from the United States Customs and Border Protection.
Esta es una advertencia de extrema importancia; las corrientes del Río Bravo se han vuelto más peligrosas debido a las lluvias recientes y continuas y se pronostica más lluvia para la próxima semana. A pesar de estas condiciones adversas, la Patrulla Fronteriza de los EE. UU., Sector Del Río, continúa encontrando grupos grandes de más de 100 o más de 200 que intentan cruzar el Río Grande diariamente.
Hasta la fecha, al menos nueve personas han muerto en los últimos días al intentar cruzar esta zona. En un esfuerzo por evitar más pérdidas de vidas, les pedimos a todos que eviten cruzar ilegalmente.
Esta es una situación en evolución y se proporcionarán actualizaciones según sea necesario.
According to Breitbart Texas, on Saturday morning, a group of 362 migrants across the Rio Grande in a single group despite the rising dangers posed by the quickly shifting currents of the river.
The almost 400 migrants made their crossing in what is essentially the same region as where the drownings occurred this week.
According to Breitbart, in August, more than 52,000 migrants entered the country through the Del Rio Sector by crossing the Rio Grande. This made it the busiest sector in the country for the second month in a row.