Five migrants died over five days in the Del Rio Sector, once the nation’s busiest for crossings. Unlike millions who successfully entered the U.S. under the Biden Administration, these migrants faced fatal outcomes: three were killed by a smuggler, one drowned in the Rio Grande, and another succumbed to the harsh environment of a remote Texas ranch.

The largest incident occurred on May 21 when a migrant smuggler led authorities on a high-speed chase near Del Rio, Texas. The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing a crash that ejected several passengers. Two migrants died at the scene, and one more died later in a San Antonio hospital. The driver, 21-year-old Asha Kisindja from Houston, was apprehended and faces federal charges for felony migrant smuggling with enhancements. The Texas Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are investigating the case.

Earlier in the week, Texas Department of Public Safety personnel recovered the body of an unidentified migrant from the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass, believed to have drowned while crossing the river near Shelby Park.

On May 24, another unidentified migrant was found dead on a remote ranch south of Eagle Pass, likely due to heat-related injuries and dehydration, as temperatures soared above 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

The deceased migrants in Eagle Pass were taken to a local funeral home for identification efforts. If unsuccessful, they will be given pauper’s burials at the Maverick County cemetery.