Three immigrants died in Texas river before Border Patrol requested access: DOJ

AUSTIN, Texas — New details have emerged about five immigrants who struggled to cross the border into Eagle Pass over the weekend, ultimately resulting in the deaths of three people and creating a firestorm between the Biden administration and Texas.

The Jan. 12 drowning of a mother and her two children set off a blame game between the federal government and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX). The White House said the Abbott administration “blocked” federal agents from responding to emergencies at the border.

Texas Department of Public Safety officers guard an entrance to Shelby Park on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (Sam Owens /The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

In a new memo that the Biden administration’s Justice Department filed in the Supreme Court late Monday, Border Patrol’s Chief Patrol Agent of the Del Rio Sector Robert Manley offered new information about how federal
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