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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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Barbarity at the Border

Jul 23, 2023

Two Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper-medics recently e-mailed their superior, complaining about the inhuman treatment of migrants attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico. The Trooper-medics’ complaint said that Troopers were ordered to deny thirsty migrants fresh water and to push migrants back into the Rio Grande if they reached the U.S. side of the river—even if this meant the migrants had to get past razor-wire on buoys that had been placed in the middle of some parts of the river.

Texas border officials publicly denied the allegations in the complaint, as did Texas Governor Greg Abbott. However, the two Trooper-medics also reported that in just one seven-hour period late last month:

•A four-year-old girl passed out in 100-degree heat after Texas National Guard personnel pushed the group she was with back toward Mexico.

•A man with a significant cut on his leg, suffered when he tried to rescue his child from razor wire placed on a deterrence buoy in the Rio Grande.

•A 15-year-old boy with a broken leg, suffered when he tried to cross a more dangerous part of the river away from the buoys.

•A 19-year-old woman was trapped in the wire while having a miscarriage.

The next day, the Trooper-medics heard that a mother and two children drowned trying to cross the river.

Clearly, abuse of immigrants at the Texas-Mexico border seems to have reached a new level of barbarity.