(DCWatchdog.com) – A shocking revelation from the US Justice Department has disclosed that the Department of Homeland Security has lied about the tragic fate of three illegal immigrants who drowned in the Rio Grande, presumably to tarnish the Republican-led authorities of Texas.
A DOJ filing shows that – contrary to the DHS’s previous claims – Texas National Guard members did not stop US Border Patrol agents from saving the migrants from drowning.
Instead, the Mexican border authorities had already notified the US Customs and Border Protection agency about the death of the illegal immigrants about an hour before the allegedly prevented rescue, National Review reports.
Three individuals attempting to enter the United States via the Rio Grande tragically perished on Friday night.
This incident occurred while members of Texas’s National Guard were preventing US Border Patrol Agents from accessing the area, as detailed in a recent Department of Justice document.
Robert Danley, the principal field agent for US Customs and Border Protection in the Del Rio region, relayed in a statement attached to this document that a Mexican official alerted the US about the deaths of three migrants—a woman and two children.
They had drowned approximately an hour before while attempting to cross the river.
Following this notification, a Border Patrol officer proceeded to the Shelby Park Boat Ramp entry point.
There, three Texas guardsmen informed him that they had received orders to block Border Patrol agents from entering the location.
The report points out that this revelation stands in stark contrast to prior mainstream media reports and comments made by US Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX).
It also contradicts a cease-and-desist letter sent to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton by Jonathan Meyer, the general counsel for the US Department of Homeland Security.
In this letter, Meyer demanded that Texas cease obstructing Border Patrol officials from accessing a specific portion of the state’s border with Mexico.
“Texas’s failure to provide access to the border persists even in instances of imminent danger to life and safety. Texas has demonstrated that even in the most exigent circumstances, it will not allow Border Patrol access to the border to conduct law enforcement and emergency response activities,” Meyer’s letter says.
For several months, Texas authorities have been embroiled in a legal dispute with the federal government over Operation Lone Star—a campaign initiated by Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott aimed at reducing illegal border crossings from Mexico.