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Texas Under Fire: US Officials Claim State Hindered Border Agents in Rescue of 3 Drowned Migrants

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Texas denies claims that state officials hindered law enforcement from aiding CBP agents rescuing three drowning migrants in the Rio Grande.

This incident has intensified an already heated legal dispute between the state and the federal government over border authority.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims that the Texas National Guard obstructed CBP agents from accessing a city park in Eagle Pass, Texas, where the distress call originated. 

Responding to a plea for assistance from the Mexican government, DHS stated, “In responding to a distress call from the Mexican government, Border Patrol agents were physically barred by Texas officials from entering the park.” 

The DHS further criticized Texas Governor’s policies, labeling them as cruel, dangerous, and inhumane.

Tragically, the bodies of the three drowned migrants, including a woman and two children, were recovered by Mexican authorities. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) expressed sorrow, declaring, “This is a tragedy, and the State bears responsibility.”

Texas’ Role in Border Control Tensions

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Texas denies claims that state officials hindered law enforcement from aiding CBP agents rescuing three drowning migrants in the Rio Grande.

The disputed access points along the Rio Grande, particularly Shelby Park and its boat ramp, have become focal points in the broader legal battle. The Department of Justice filed a court document warning that blocking federal access to the park could jeopardize the safety of migrants. 

The filing argued, “Because Border Patrol can no longer access or view this stretch of the border, Texas has effectively prevented Border Patrol from monitoring the border to determine whether a migrant requires emergency aid.”

In response to these allegations, the Texas Military Department (TMD) released a statement denying any wrongdoing. While acknowledging searching the river after CBP alerted them, the TMD asserted they found no distressed migrants. 

The statement did not directly address the federal government’s claims of physical obstruction by Texas authorities.

As the dispute over border jurisdiction escalates, the Department of Justice has taken the matter to the Supreme Court, seeking a resolution to the ongoing disagreement between federal and Texas authorities.

This incident underscores the intricate challenges and tensions surrounding border control policies in the United States.

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