The Mexican government reported the recovery of 53 migrant bodies near the U.S. border during 2020. Many drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande into Texas.
Officials with the Mexican National Migration Institute stated the 53 migrants were mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti, the Laredo Morning Times reported. Others were Mexican nationals while some were U.S. citizens seeking to sneak back into the United States.
A pregnant woman and her husband died while trying to illegally enter the U.S. This is horrific. These tragic deaths are preventable. Turning your lives over to the smugglers and trying to illegally enter the U.S. is not the answer. https://t.co/kjzQqJv7OL
— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) January 13, 2021
Mexican immigration officials said most of the deaths of the migrants were drownings as people attempted to illegally cross its northern border into the United States.
Much like in the U.S.,