The FBI is investigating after four bodies were discovered in a brushy area along the U.S.-Mexico border near the Rio Grande River on Sunday evening.
The remains of a 20-year-old woman, a toddler and two infants were found by two U.S. Border Patrol agents southeast of the Anzalduas Park in Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area, close to a site where part of President Trump's controversial border wall is currently being constructed.
Law enforcement officials told KRGV that they do not suspect foul play was involved and believe the four victims may have succumbed to dehydration. The area the bodies were found in is prone to human smuggling, the station notes.
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The tragic discovery comes just days after the Associated Press revealed the alarming conditions inside several U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities in Texas, many of which hold migrant children who have been separated from their parents.
A team of lawyers and advocates who toured various centers and interviewed kids being held there found severe health and hygiene issues, including dozens of sick children, some of whom had not showered in weeks.
"In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention, I have never heard of this level of inhumanity," said Holly Cooper, co-director at the University of California, Davis' Immigration Law Clinic.
In response to the report, Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders acknowledged that the detainees needed better medical care and urged Congress to pass a $4.6 billion emergency funding package, which includes nearly $3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant children.
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