When Reality Meets Wedge-Issue Politics at the Border, Politics Wins  – Texas Monthly

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Thunderstorms rolled overhead early on the last Monday morning in April, headed south. The Rio Grande flowed in swift green channels between Piedras Negras, Mexico, and Eagle Pass, a small Texas border town two hours west of San Antonio. On the Mexican side of the river, where the shore is lined with live oak and mesquite, officials pulled the body of a Texas National Guard member from the water after a days-long search. The soldier, specialist Bishop Evans, had drowned three days earlier. He died as a hero. On duty as part of Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, Evans had jumped into the river to rescue two migrants trying to cross into the United States. Both of the migrants survived.

This tragedy was one of many. Evans’s corpse was the eleventh recovered around Piedras Negras in one month. Another twelve had been found around Eagle Pass, in what U.S. Customs and Border Protection calls the Del Rio sector, over the same period. Most had…

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