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Border patrol rescues migrant family trying to swim border river to U.S.

2019-02-11 19:28
A Salvadoran family was rescued from the Rio Grande border river between Mexico and the United States late on Sunday (February 10) night, before they were returned back south of the border, according to local reports. According to local reports, the family of seven included two babies and two minors. They unsuccessfully tried to swim across the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras, Mexico to Eagle Pass, Texas, before they were rescued, and attended to by medics south of the border. Security has been tight on this stretch of the border with border patrol agents making their presence known as some 2,000 Central American migrants wait to process paperwork at a temporary migrant shelter on the Mexican side of the border. Many are seeking passage into the United States, but some who have permission to stay in Mexico are considering working locally. U.S. President Donald Trump has hardened his stance on immigration, and specifically against the caravan of migrants. He has sought to suspend the granting of asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, seeking fresh ways to block thousands of Central Americans travelling in caravans from entering the United States. He has also said any migrants seeking asylum will have to wait in Mexico whilst the claim is heard.