Body of Texas National Guard soldier recovered after he drowned trying to save migrants

The body of Texas National Guard Specialist Bishop Evans (left) who drowned while trying to save struggling migrants in the Rio Grande has been found (Picture: NBC)

The body of a while trying to rescue migrants in the Rio Grande river has been found.

Specialist Bishop Evans, 22, went missing after he jumped into the river near Eagle Pass, Texas, on Friday in an attempt to save two migrants who appeared to be drowning.

Republican Rep Tony Gonzales told on Monday that Evans’ body had been recovered. The Congressman spoke about Evans while addressing border issues in Eagle Pass.

‘It’s about those that serve here. It’s about those at work here. It’s about Bishop Evans, who was found today,’ Gonzalez said. ‘It’s about his family. It’s about all the families that have been impacted.’

Bishop Evans, 22, drowned while ‘selflessly attempted to help two migrants who appeared to be drowning’, according to the Texas Military Department (Picture: Facebook)

Texas officials identified Evans, of Arlington, on Sunday. Evans ‘selflessly attempted to help two migrants who appeared to be drowning as they illegally crossed the river from Mexico to the United States’, according to the Texas Military Department.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said state officials were ‘heartbroken’ over Evans’ death and expressed gratitude to those who searched for him.

‘I thank the members of the Texas National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Border Patrol, and local law enforcement for working around the clock to locate this soldier,’ Abbott stated.

‘I ask that Texans join (First Lady of Texas) Cecilia and me in praying for the family and friends of SPC Evans as they grieve this heartbreaking loss.’

Evans joined the Texas Army National Guard in May 2019 and was assigned to A Battery, 4-133 Field Artillery Regiment in New Braunfels.

‘SPC. Evans will forever be remembered for the bravery and compassion he showed while saving lives in the Rio Grande,’ Gonzalez tweeted on Sunday. ‘We will make sure this young soldier’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.’

Evan died a month before President Joe Biden plans to end Title 42, a Trump-era policy that immigration agencies used to turn away migrants during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged that an increased number of migrants may try to enter the US but said that federal agencies are aware and preparing.

Asked by a reporter if the Biden administration feels responsible for Evans’ death, in light of reports that the two migrants were smuggling drugs, Psaki said, ‘Well of course we are mourning the loss of his life’. She noted that Evans was employed by the state of Texas, not the federal government.

‘We’ve long stated that our immigration system is broken,’ Psaki said. ‘There needs to be more done to invest in smarter security, to have a more effective asylum processing system, and we would welcome any efforts, for any elected officials to work with us on that.’


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