A migrant kid can be seen floating along the Rio Grande alone in new video from the US-Mexico border.
In the video, a member of the Texas National Guard can be seen scurrying to save the kid who is floating in Eagle Pass, Texas.
According to a reliable source, the kid was saved.
The footage comes as the migrant crisis at the southern border continues to intensify. Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Gloria Chavez announced in March that Border Patrol agents had officially reached a million migrant encounters since the fiscal year began in October.
There were 400,000 recorded migrant encounters in FY 2020. In FY 2021, that number shot up to 1.6 million, and then 2.2 million in FY 2022.
NEW: Security video from a contact shows what appears to be an abandoned migrant child on a flotation device drifting down the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, TX – alone. A Texas National Guard soldier can be seen rushing in to try to help, & we are told the child was later rescued. pic.twitter.com/KKuHeQIsWN
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Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz told the House Homeland Security Committee last month that his agency does not have operational control of the border.
“In five of those nine southwest border sectors, we have seen an increase in flow and that has caused a considerable strain on our resources and really has forced the Border Patrol to move agents and even migrants to some of the other areas,” Ortiz stated.
In El Paso on Wednesday, 58 migrants were discovered squished inside the back of a Pense truck. On federal allegations of people smuggling, Texas Department of Public Safety agents detained Marquez Oviel, the alleged smuggler.