Texas authorities believe the person drowned upstream and floated into the buoys near Eagle Pass. Mexico criticized Texas’ placement of the buoys along the river.
“I wish the President would be a little more vocal on this issue. Help us out. I feel that we’re abandoned here to kind of ‘Hey, you’re doing this on your own,’” Salinas said, adding that supporters of Abbott’s policies need to know that, “The city of Eagle Pass didn’t authorize, for example, the buoys. We didn’t say, ‘Oh, yes, please bring them in.’ These are actions that are taken also without consulting the city or consulting myself.”
Photo: A group of migrants walks around a string of buoys on July 14. The buoys were deployed to prevent migrants from swimming across the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune