(Irish megaphone) Texas Officials from Texas have denied reports that state law enforcement prevented the rescue of three migrants who were drowning in the Rio Grande on Friday. The current legal battle over border jurisdiction between the federal and state governments has been intensified by this incident.
The state National Guard decided to deny entrance to a local park in Eagle Pass, Texas, earlier this week. In response, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) clarified on Saturday that Border Patrol agents were not allowed entry to rescue the migrants.
The Texas governor s policies have been branded cruel, hazardous, and inhumane by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a distress call from the Mexican government. Texas officials physically stopped Border Patrol agents from entering the park, raising worries about the state’s flagrant disrespect for federal authority over immigration and the serious risks involved.
Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who initially reported the fatalities, said in a statement on Saturday that “this is a tragedy” and that “the State bears responsibility.”
See below my statement on the recent death of three migrants a female adult and two children near Shelby Park in Eagle Pass pic.twitter.com/0Fz878fnDg
Rep. Henry Cuellar (@RepCuellar) January 13, 2024
Shelby Park and its boat ramp are located in one of the blocked areas of the Rio Grande River. The main entry point for CBP to access the river is this specific spot. The Department of Justice voiced worries about possible threats to migrants in a court brief on Friday, should federal access to the park be denied.
In the complaint, it states that Texas has essentially prevented Border Patrol from keeping an eye on this specific stretch of the border, making it impossible for them to ascertain whether or not there are any migrants in need of emergency assistance.
The Texas Military Department (TMD) said in a statement on Saturday night that they searched the river following notification from CBP of the issue. But in the course of the search, no migrants were discovered. Regarding the federal government’s allegations that Texas officials had stopped CBP agents from entering the park, the statement offered no explanation.
According to the department, throughout this time they did not see any distraught migrants and no illegal immigrants from the US were turned back by their security staff along the river.
The federal and Texas governments have been at odds over border authority for a number of months. The Department of Justice formally asked the Supreme Court to step in and settle the matter last week.