The number of dead migrants crossing the Rio Grande between Mexico and the US rises to 9

Nine immigrants drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande that separates Mexico from the United States on Thursday, according to the latest update from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which reported this Saturday the location of a ninth body.

The drownings took place after a large group of people tried to cross the Rio Grande, used by thousands of migrants each year to reach the United States and known for its dangerous currents, which are worse these days after heavy rains.

US border agents recovered six of the nine bodies and Mexicans found three, one more than the first figures released on Friday. No information has been provided about his nationality or his age.

US authorities also rescued 37 migrants who were in the river. Those 37 and another 16 were arrested for trying to reach the United States irregularly, while another 39 people who were part of the group were arrested on the Mexican side of the border.

The US Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) pointed out that the device continues in search of other possible victims.

A CBP spokesman told Efe this Friday that the migrants were trying to reach the United States through the area of ​​the Rio Grande that is closest to the town of Eagle Pass (Texas), which belongs to the sector that the CBP calls “Del Río” and that has become one of the points with the highest crossings per year.

“The currents of the Rio Grande have become more dangerous due to recent and continuing rains and more rain is forecast for the coming week. Despite these adverse conditions, the U.S. Border Patrol, Del Rio sector, continues to encounter large groups of more than 100 or more than 200 attempting to cross the river on a daily basis,” the head of the sector added today in a message. Del Rio, Jason Owens.

For this reason, he requested that this traffic cease: “In an effort to avoid further loss of life, we ask everyone to avoid crossing illegally.”

In July alone, according to data posted on the patrol’s website, border patrol agents made 50,000 arrests in Del Rio, more than in any other area of ​​the US-Mexico border.

So far this fiscal year, the period that ends at the end of September, more than 376,100 migrants have been detained in that area, which is almost ten times more than in 2020.

The figures show that half of the migrants and refugees arrested come from Cuba and Venezuela. In fact, in July, more than 14,000 Venezuelans and 10,000 Cubans were detained in that area.

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