Mother Nature may slow the invasion of illegal aliens across the southern border through heeding border patrol cautions or drowning.
Border Patrol’s Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens warned against attempts to cross the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, Texas, in a statement posted Saturday to Twitter by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin.
“This is a warning of extreme importance; the currents of the Rio Grande have become more dangerous due to recent and continuing rainfall and more rain is forecasted for the coming week,” Agent Owens said. “Despite these adverse conditions, U.S. Border Patrol, Del Rio Sector continues to encounter large groups of more than 100+, 200+ attempting to cross the Rio Grande daily.”
Owens noted that at least nine deaths in the sector over the last few days resulted from attempts by illegals to cross the swollen Rio Grande. Their deaths occurred in an area where the river level rose more than two feet in a single day.
“In order to prevent further loss of life,” the border patrol agent added, “we are asking everyone to please avoid crossing illegally.”
Border Patrol agents and Mexican officials discovered the victims near Eagle Pass, Texas, Thursday, following days of downpour. Six bodies were recovered on the U.S. side of the river and the other three corpses were recovered in Mexico, according to an agency statement.
The Rio Grande river is flowing five times faster than normal, according to the National Weather Service.
The Eagle Pass area has become a mecca for crossers in recent years because illegal aliens reportedly perceive it as safer because it is not as strongly controlled by cartels. said Stephanie Leutert. Leutert is the director of Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the University of Texas’ Center for International Security and Law.
“It might be a different price, it might be seen as safer,” said Leutert. “It might keep you out of cities that are notoriously dangerous. Those cities (in the Del Rio sector) definitely have had a reputation as being safer than say, Nuevo Laredo.”
It remains to be seen if the increased risk due to rising water levels and faster current will stem the tide of the historic number of illegal aliens. The border patrol has encountered 1,946,780 illegals from October 2021 through July, according to agency data. Since illegal alien crossings typically rise during the cooler months, the agency may record more than three million encounters by the end of the year.
Unless the Rio Grande remains at flood stage for an extended time, three million illegal crossings seems likely.
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