Texas National Guard Advised To Not Enter Water To Rescue Migrants


Following the death of a National Guardsman last week, the Texas Military Department is advising troops to no longer rescue drowning migrants trying to cross the border. According to the Texas Tribune, the department has told soldiers to throw flotation devices to migrants struggling in the water instead of getting in themselves. Department head Major General Thomas Suelzer told a Texas House committee yesterday that the state has distributed 235 devices to guardsmen stationed at more than sixty points along the Rio Grande since the death of soldier Bishop Evans on April 25th. The Tribune says almost two-dozen migrants drowned in the same area of the river as Evans in April alone.


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