Rio Grande migrant fatalities escalate Texas-Biden administration border disputes.

 At a campaign appearance outside Houston, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott explained why Texas walled off a border park and turned away Border Patrol inspectors.

Abbott announced Friday that Border Patrol will no longer be allowed on the site, eliciting cheers from supporters while backing a state representative for reelection. He expressed anger at federal officers packing migrants aboard buses near Eagle Pass. We responded, ‘We’ve had it. “We won’t allow this anymore,” Abbott declared.

Two children and three migrants drowned near the park after Texas officials “physically barred” Border Patrol agents from entering later that night, according to DHS. Mexican officials rescued the jacketed bodies from the Rio Grande at the other side.

Texas and Biden tensions increased after the weekend tragedies. They also prompted Democrats to criticize Abbott's strong crackdown on illegal crossings, claiming migrants were at risk. U.S. authorities said the drownings highlighted the necessity for Border Patrol agents to have access to Shelby Park, which Texas closed this week.

U.S. Border Patrol must have access to the border to enforce our laws,” White House spokesman Angelo Fernández Hernández said. The Texas Military Department called the U.S. government's claims that state soldiers blocked Border Patrol from helping drowning migrants “wholly inaccurate” on Sunday evening.

According to the department, Border Patrol informed TMD staff on site that the drownings had happened and Mexican police were retrieving the victims when they sought entry.

Sunday's Biden administration letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton maintained that Texas denied Border Patrol officers access before they learned the migrants died. Homeland Security said that agents merely knew migrants were crossing the river, contradicting Texas' account.

“Texas has demonstrated that even in the most exigent circumstances, it will not allow Border Patrol agents access to the border to conduct law enforcement and emergency response activities,” Homeland Security general counsel Jonathan E. Meyer wrote.

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