Mexican girl, 9, dies while crossing US border at Rio Grande river, furious Americans say 'this is Biden's fault'
A 9-year-old girl from Mexico died while attempting to cross the Rio Grande river and enter Texas on the US side of the border. She was found unconscious on a river island along with her mother and 3-year-old brother on March 20, 2021. While the mother and the boy later regained consciousness, the young girl could not be saved and was later pronounced dead, NBC News reported.
The news of the tragic incident comes amid the Biden administration dealing with a surge of migrants trying to cross the Mexican border into the US. The Rio Grande River flowing through the southwestern United States and the northern part of Mexico delineates the border between the two neighboring countries. There are recurring reports of migrants trying to illegally enter the US by crossing the river.
On March 26, 2021, nearly a hundred migrants were allegedly spotted crossing the river in rafts. A video clip surfaced where families, as well as children, were reported to be traveling alone. A former Border patrol agent later raised concerns about the legitimacy of the video.
How did the girl die?
The 9-year-old girl is believed to have drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande river. She was later discovered stranded and unresponsive on an island on the Mexican side of the river. Her mother and brother were also found to be unconscious, a report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed.
US Border Patrol agents were reportedly alerted about the mother and children by bystanders on the Mexican shore. The agents immediately rescued them ashore and started administering first aid. However, while the mother and the young boy regained consciousness, the girl did not survive.
"Despite efforts by the Border Patrol Agents and Eagle Pass Emergency Medical Services, the 9-year-old daughter did not regain consciousness and was later pronounced deceased,” CBP spokesman Dennis Smith told NBC News.
In the statement, the CBP hinted about the growing humanitarian crisis with an increased number of migrants attempting to illegally enter the US. "Since the beginning of the Fiscal Year 2021, Oct. 1, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents have rescued over 500 migrants attempting to illegally enter the country," the statement informed. Additionally, it also stated, "To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll-free number at 1-866-511-8727."
The report read: "Two of the three migrants regained consciousness, a mother from Guatemala and her three-year-old child from Mexico. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this small child,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L Skero II. “During these hard times our agents remain resilient, and I am extremely proud of their efforts to preserve human life.”
Why is Joe Biden being slammed?
Since the statement was released by CBP, many Twitter users took to the micro-blogging site to blame Biden for 'encouraging' more people from Mexico to enter the USA. Responding to the news of the girl's death, one user tweeted, "This is Biden's fault. He encouraged it." Another asked, "Will Uncle Joe be getting a teardrop tattoo?"
One furious user blamed Biden and Harris for 'aiding her death'. "Hey Harris & Biden ....that drowned 9-year-old Hispanic girl who died in the Rio Grande IS ALL ON YOU ! You aided in her death & you should be held accountable! Are you yucking it up now Harris?" they tweeted.
This is Bidens fault. He encouraged it.— Cousin Orville (@CuzzinOrville) March 27, 2021
Will Uncle Joe be getting a teardrop tattoo?— truther (@truther63822307) March 26, 2021
Hey Harris & Biden ....that drowned 9 year old Hispanic girl who died in the Rio Grande IS ALL ON YOU ! You aided in her death & you should be held accountable! Are you yucking it up now Harris ?— Willard Blackman (@wilpat34) March 27, 2021
Ever since Biden announced the rollback of Donald Trump's stringent immigration policies, more and more people from Mexico are regularly migrating into the US creating a major crisis.
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