(FixThisNation.com) – On Friday, officials from Mexico filed a letter of complaints targeting the floating barriers that have been installed along the Rio Grande River which is part of the southern border.
Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Alicia Bárcena claimed that her country would be sending an inspection team that would look into whether the installed barriers had violated two treaties that state that the river could not be impeded.
Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott started adding large buoys along the middle of the river which are aiming to block illegal immigrants who may try to enter the U.S. by swimming across the river. Abbott had claimed that this was an attempt to secure the border arguing that the buoys would help block people from reaching the U.S. border.
Last week, a Texas kayaking company filed a lawsuit against the deployed buoys arguing that it was harming their business by blocking access to the river.
According to Abbot’s office, the strategy of deploying the buoys is meant to make it harder for people to cross the river. As such a large focus has been placed on the part of the river in Eagle Pass, Texas, an area that is known for its high level of illegal crossings. In order to block the number of crossings in that area, the U.S. has placed barbed wire on many of the low-lying areas of the river.
However, Mexico has been protesting both of these installations. Migrant advocates have also spoken up against them, as earlier this month four people, including an infant, drowned while trying to cross the river. Advocates are arguing that the buoys could potentially lead to additional drownings.
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