In the Rio Grande, mothers fight with children: agents


The border fence remains open at this location so people can use the park and river at Eagle Pass, along the Rio Grande. The woman remained in the Rio Grande River when she tried to cross it with her three children, border services said.

The Nicaraguan woman divorced her three children and found himself in the Rio Grande when trying to get to the United States, according to a press release from the Customs and Border Protection Service.

At around 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 16, a group of about 20 migrants tried to enter the U.S. by crossing the Rio Grande, the release said. Three children from the group then told border guards from Eagle Pass South Station that their mother was stuck in the river.

Agents found a woman in the water who could not swim to shore. She held on to the cane brush to keep it from being swept away by the current, and told agents that her feet were numb in the water, the release said.

Agents managed to pull the woman to safety, the release said. She reunited with the children and did not seek medical attention.

Vandana Ravikumar is a real-time McClachy reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at the University of Arizona. She previously reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.

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