According to government officials, the first to report the death of a child in a new outbreak of the southwestern border.
U.S. Border Patrol attorneys who responded to the rescue call found the mother and two children, all three of them unconscious, on an island on the river that separates the United States from Mexico. Agents were able to wake the mother and baby, a three-year-old boy.
The eldest child was taken to emergency clinics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but remained unresponsive and was pronounced dead after an incident on March 20, according to a statement released Friday by the federal Customs and Border Protection agency.
The rescued mother was Guatemalan; both of his children were originally from Mexico, the statement said.
Austin L. Skero II, head of security at Border Patrol's Del Rio in South Texas, said his ambassadors had rescued more than 500 immigrants trying to enter the country illegally since the start of the current financial year, which began in October. 1. A total of 82 migrants died during the period, according to CBP data.
A Cuban man died Wednesday night trying to enter the United States by swimming around an inland border between Tijuana and San Diego, the second immigrant to sink in the area in less than two weeks, according to Mexican authorities.
Desperate migrants crossed a dangerous river, the sea and the sea to cross to reach the United States. Many died of scorching heat after being lost in remote and arid areas of Arizona.
Those crossing the Rio Grande often walk in the dark. Many pay for large-scale, multimillion-dollar smuggling networks to fly through snuff rings, often used to catch both adult and child.
In 2019, a father and his daughter in El Salvador died while trying to cross a river near the border town of Matamoros, Mexico. A picture of a father and his 23-month-old daughter lying face down on the shores of Rio Grande, with her little head tucked inside her T-shirt, arm tied around her neck, attracted the attention of the world.
Social groups are leaving water jars in the ruins of the Arizona migration route where the area and the heat pose serious risks to those who cross. Since 2004, an estimated 3,400 migrants have died in southern Arizona.
Last year, 227 bodies were found, the largest number in ten years. Humane Borders, which tracks and casts death, along with Pima County's Tucson medical examiner has identified the highest number of hottest and dry summers in the province's history.
A few hurricanes last year in Guatemala and Honduras, the devastating impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the developing world economy and President Biden's commitment to a compassionate migration path have forced hundreds of thousands of people to move to Mexico-U.S. border months ago.
The Border Patrol detained about 100,000 migrants in February, a decade-long increase and the highest number since 2019, when Trump administration reduced unauthorized entry by introducing a series of blockade measures, including asylum seekers waiting in Mexico for foreign court hearings.
Monthly concerns dropped to 16,182 in April 2020 as the epidemic prompted former President Donald J. Trump to call for a public health emergency to close the southwestern border for all without a major trip.
But fear, a major indicator of the number of people trying to smuggle in, has risen every month since then.
Mr Biden changed or released some of Trump's term limits, including the "Stay in Mexico" policy, while he and his top advisers repeatedly urged immigrants not to travel. But statistics have risen sharply at the border, with Republicans blaming his new approach for attracting large numbers of immigrants who have been stranded at border crossings.
Biden officials continue to evict thousands of families from Mexico under a public health law, known as Title 42.
But thousands of Central American families who have recently moved to Mexico are still allowed to enter the United States, especially in the Rio Grande Valley, because Mexico's Tamaulipas country has refused to repatriate them.
The number of families detained by U.S. diplomats at the southwestern border increased to 17,773 in February from 6,173 in January. The Border Patrol has evicted four out of 10 family units from a community health order, according to official data.
The influx of immigrants into the Rio Grande Valley, the main gateway to migration, is forcing the Border Patrol to release families sooner than usual to avoid overcrowding at border control stations that has been widely criticized by immigrants and child welfare advocates in the past.
For traffickers, that represents a marketing opportunity.
"Mixed messages create this filth," said Jaime Diez, a foreign attorney in Brownville, Texas. "The cats know, and they'll say everyone comes in. So people come."
Elisabet Arreada Lopez and her two daughters are among a large number of families who have recently left Guatemala hoping to start a new life in America. Her husband, who was already living in Ohio, rented a coyote to help them.
After arriving in Reynosa, Mexico, they smoothed the tubes inside Rio Grande to get to Texas, where they met the American Border Patrol, he said.
"People back home were saying it was time to cross," Ms Arreada said at the Brownsville bus station, where government agents left her after a search.