Border Patrol agents search Rio Grande for missing toddler

Immigration

This July 2, 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency shows a U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector Dive Team searching for a 2-year-old Haitian girl in Rio Grande River in Del Rio, Texas. According to a news release on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, agents from the Del Rio Border Patrol Station detained a woman from Haiti shortly after she crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico. The woman told agents she had lost her daughter while crossing the river. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency via AP)

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) – U.S. Border Patrol agents are searching for a missing 2-year-old girl in the Rio Grande near the Texas town of Del Rio.

According to a news release on Tuesday, agents from the Del Rio Border Patrol Station detained a woman from Haiti shortly after she crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico. The woman told agents she had lost her daughter while crossing the river.

Higher-than-average snowfall in the Rocky Mountains is sending more water into the Rio Grande and adjacent canals, creating deceptively swift waters. Border agents say they are rescuing immigrants from the river on an almost daily basis.

A migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter recently drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico to enter the United States without legal permission. The photos of their bodies have sparked international outrage.

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