Woman dies trying to swim across US-Mexican border with migrants

Sergio Morán, 25, who was reported missing last week, died in El Paso hospital after getting into trouble A woman died trying to swim across the US-Mexican border with a group of migrants, officials…

Woman dies trying to swim across US-Mexican border with migrants

Sergio Morán, 25, who was reported missing last week, died in El Paso hospital after getting into trouble

A woman died trying to swim across the US-Mexican border with a group of migrants, officials said.

Sergio Morán, 25, a Salvadoran national living in Colorado, was reportedly with a group of undocumented migrants on 18 May on the Rio Grande near the town of Eagle Pass, Texas.

According to officials, Morán and the group were attempting to swim across the Rio Grande when Morán reportedly lost his grip and began to sink.

Transportation and Border Protection officials say that, after his family reported him missing the following day, Morán was found unconscious and had drifted to the bank of the river. He was taken to a hospital but never regained consciousness. He died there on Sunday, the department of homeland security (DHS) said in a statement.

This is the second reported incident in less than a month of a man or woman dying in the process of swimming across the border into the US. On 25 April, Brandon Garnica, 27, from East Alsace, died at a hospital in McAllen, Texas, after attempting to swim across the Rio Grande from Mexico to the US on his way to work in Houston.

Immigration advocates pointed to the recent events as an indication of the risks of attempting such an endeavor.

“No one should die trying to cross the border,” said Jennifer Podkul, the director of legal and policy programmes at the National Immigration Law Center. “We, as a country, cannot protect our country from itself.”

• This article was amended on 18 May 2016. An earlier version said that Brandon Garnica, 27, from East Alsace, died after crossing the Rio Grande in a dinghy. He died in a hospital in McAllen, Texas.

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