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Body Found in Rio Grande Floating Barrier Amid New Reports of Migrant Abuse

HeadlineAug 03, 2023

Mexican authorities say they are working to identify a body found trapped in the floating barrier of buoys installed by Texas in the Rio Grande river. The U.S. Justice Department has sued Texas over Governor Greg Abbott’s floating barrier, while Mexico says it violates a water treaty and could encroach on its territory. This comes as the Houston Chronicle reports Texas troopers have been separating migrant families who enter the U.S., by detaining and separating fathers on trespassing charges, in an apparent violation of guidelines issued in 2021. Meanwhile, a new report by two advocacy groups reveals workers at the Department of Homeland Security regularly abuse migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border with impunity, citing “[the] misuse of lethal force, intimidation, sexual harassment, and falsifying documents.”

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