Texas Ranger, Border Patrol agents help migrants cross into US on raftApril 6, 2021
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A Texas Ranger and Border Patrol agents helped women and children reach dry land after crossing the Rio Grande river from Mexico in an inflatable raft, according to new images from Reuters.
The photos from Monday show the US officials reaching a hand out to the boat full of illegal immigrants as it nears the riverbank near Roma, Texas, in the darkness, the only light coming from the headlamps and flashlights of the border agents.
On board the raft, children sit in their mothers’ laps as others — many as young as toddlers — begin to make their way to the front.
Other images show the female Texas Ranger holding a crying child in her arms.
Members of the Texas Rangers have been assisting the Border Patrol in its efforts to halt smuggling and human trafficking at the US-Mexico border in the Lone Star State.
Last month, they worked with Border Patrol agents to rescue a 6-month-old child who had been thrown into the Rio Grande from a raft by smugglers.
The little girl’s mother had been assaulted by the smugglers and had a broken leg.
Unaccompanied migrant children have been overwhelming the federal detention centers as they have been arriving at numbers that are the highest in nearly two decades.
As many as 19,000 migrant minors are in federal custody.
The Biden White House has opened up military bases and is using convention centers in many cities in Texas and California to house the children.
The Biden administration’s undoing of former President Donald Trump’s border policies has prompted a flood of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants at the US border.
Central Americans looking for refuge from the Northern Triangle countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — have taken these policy moves, as well as the overwhelmingly more welcoming tone from Democrats, as a sign that this president is inviting them to cross the border.
Data overwhelmingly shows that migrants are flooding the border because they believe Biden will welcome them with open arms.
Late last month, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed the new president for the crisis, arguing that the “expectations” he set left migrants with the perception that they would be let into the US.
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