New video from the US southern border appears to show a migrant child drifting down the Rio Grande alone on a flotation device.
In the footage, a Texas National Guard soldier is seen rushing to assist the floating child in Eagle Pass, Texas.
A source told Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin that the child was rescued.
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.
Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz told the House Homeland Security Committee last month that his agency does not have operational control of the border.
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
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 2, 2023
“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 so agents and even migrants to some of the other areas,” Ortiz said.
On Wednesday, 58 migrants were found crammed in the back of a Pense truck in El Paso. Texas Department of Public Safety officials arrested the suspected smuggler, Marquez Oviel, on federal human smuggling charges.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.
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