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Democrat Hoax: No, a Migrant Child Did Not Die in Greg Abbott’s Rio Grande ‘Razor Wire Buoys’

Democrat Hoax: No, a Migrant Child Did Not Die in Greg Abbott’s Rio Grande ‘Razor Wire Buoys’

“Greg Abbott is already responsible for a child dying in his razor wire buoy stunt. Now another child has died in his stunt to abduct and ship migrants out of state. He has blood on his hands. He shouldn’t be sued, he should be prosecuted.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has come under fire from the Usual Suspects on the left and in the MSM over his installation last month of a floating, 1000 ft. long border wall in the form of buoys in the Rio Grande as well as razor wire on nearby land to deter the influx of illegal immigrants.

Joe Biden’s Dept. of Justice has already sued over the latest measures Abbott took to protect his state and its residents, claiming that “Texas’ actions violate federal law, raise humanitarian concerns, present serious risks to public safety and the environment, and may interfere with the federal government’s ability to carry out its official duties.”

In response, Abbott basically told Biden to stuff it, while promising Texas “will fully utilize our sovereign authority to deal with the humanitarian crisis Biden created at our border”:

Naturally, false allegations are already swirling about the buoys, among them that there is a “chainsaw device” installed “in the middle of [the] buoys,” as declared by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas):

The problem with that statement is that it’s not true, according to former Biden border chief Rodney Scott:

“When I was Chief, USBP tested numerous variations of buoy barrier features to include what some are calling a ‘saw’ blade,” Scott said. “It is actually called a passive radial disc. It is an anti-climb deterrent and was tested by USBP in 2020 and determined to be passive and make climbers uncomfortable but would not break skin or injure a person,” Scott told the DCNF.

“During testing, USBP personnel jumped on top of it from different platforms without issue. The teeth were designed to avoid injuring illegal aliens,” Scott said.

Not surprisingly, some in the media are pushing a similar narrative. Exhibit A – KXAN’s Ryan Chandler:

As have other left-wing Twitter accounts:

Relatedly, a spokesperson for Abbott said in response to the “chainsaw” allegation that the buoys were designed to direct migrants to where they should have gone to begin with:

These marine barriers help deter illegal river crossings, redirecting migrants to use one of the 29 international bridges on the Texas-Mexico border where they can safely and legally cross. No one drowns on a bridge.

And speaking of drowning, another false claim out there is that Abbott’s buoys are responsible for the death of a migrant child.

Democrat strategist Sawyer Hackett, whose Twitter profile lists him as a senior advisor to failed 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro (brother of Joaquin), posted this to his Twitter account Friday, alleging that Abbott’s “razor wire buoys” caused a child to die:

Hackett used the same term on Saturday.

For starters, the buoys do not appear to have razor wire installed on them. As you can see in the below photo, the razor wire is on land, at and near the river’s edge:

Secondly, Hackett was Community Noted on Twitter, with it being pointed out that not only have the buoys reportedly not caused any deaths, but that the two bodies recovered by Mexican authorities last week including one near the barrier were not minors:

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department reported Wednesday that a body had been found along the floating barrier. The Coahuila state prosecutor’s office later told local media outlets that the two bodies were recovered and that the process of identification was underway.

Mexico’s migration agency on Thursday confirmed one victim was from Honduras and the other was Mexican. Neither victim was a minor, the agency said.

Further, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the body found near the barrier likely floated there from another location:

Mexican officials condemned the barrier’s installment in two separate notes reporting that bodies were found in the Rio Grande. But Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said preliminary information indicates that the first person found dead had “drowned upstream from the marine barrier and floated into the buoys.”

“There are personnel posted at the marine barrier at all times in case any migrants try to cross,” McCraw said in a statement by the public safety department obtained by CBS News.

Lt. Chris Olivarez, a spokesperson for Texas DPS, said in the same statement that the department “received a report of a possible drowning victim floating upstream from the marine barrier” on Wednesday and notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Mexican consulate.

I should also note that an infant child was found dead in the Rio Grande last month, but it was over July 4th weekend, which was before the buoys were installed. Strangely, Hackett had nothing to say about that:

Authorities in Texas recovered four bodies, including an infant girl, from a river along the U.S.-Mexico border over just 48 hours, officials said Monday.

Lt. Chris Olivarez, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said two of the bodies were pulled from the Rio Grande on Saturday, one on Sunday and another on Monday.

Fox News border correspondent Bill Melugin, who has probably spent more time at the southern border over the last three years than Sawyer Hackett will in his entire lifetime, also reminded folks that Hackett has a troubling history when it comes to claims about incidents that supposedly have occurred at the border, most notably the media-/Biden administration-driven CBP migrant “whipping” hoax:

.@SawyerHackett has never waited for the facts before trying to push a narrative at the border. He was the original source of the false claim that Border Patrol agents were “whipping” Haitian migrants. Now he claims a child died in TX razor wire (false) and is also claiming Gov. Abbott should be prosecuted for death of a migrant child on a TX bus when an autopsy hasn’t even been done and there’s no cause of death yet. Never misses an opportunity to push a narrative.

Here’s what the Texas Division of Emergency Management had to say about the child’s death:

The death of a child is always a tragedy. It’s just too bad that the only time Democrats seem to care is when they think they can blame it on a Republican governor or president.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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Dems’ approach here looks like something out of Jussie Smollett’s playbook.

Everything these cretins push is perception management…aka ‘a lie’. Like (if I recall correctly) the sad sack story a few years back of a Mexican father who lost “his child” while [illegally] crossing the Rio Grande and drowned. Wasn’t his child and the story – along with the media outrage push – was false.

The Left/Dems lie with ease because they hate the rest of us who use our brains and think for ourselves. Collectivism is their religion (well, one of them) and we are anathema to the demand we all conform to their insane worldview.

They don’t care about people throwing children over a freaking wall to no one 35 feet high

They don’t care about the millions of child sex traffickers taking these children to the holy land

We’re #1 in child sex trafficking!!!!!

Yeh, we’re #1

Also there wouldn’t be a drug cartel if millions of Americans weren’t taking illicit drugs….

We have become the land of Sodom and Gomorrah, notoriously sinful cities/ in our case


It’s another day ending in the letter “y,” so, the vile, stupid and mendacious Dumb-o-crat fabulists are engaged in their typically unabashed and brazen prevarications.

Yep, Dimocrats are WAY into hoaxes… and election fraud. It’s what they do best.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | August 13, 2023 at 1:34 pm

Democrat Hoax: No, a Migrant Child Did Not Die in Greg Abbott’s Rio Grande ‘Razor Wire Buoys’

So what if it had happened, anyway? That would be the responsibility of the kid’s parents, Mexico, and the enemy organizations that are funding these invaders.

Attempts to breach our border should be deadly to the invaders.

A piece of clothing found in the floats is from “a family”…. We heard so much from the Left about “Stochastic Terrorism”…. true to Alinsky form….projection at its finest.

“No, a Migrant Child Did Not Die in Greg Abbott’s Rio Grande ‘Razor Wire Buoys'”

So does this mean that… Little Jackie Papers is… gasp … STILL ALIVE?

E Howard Hunt | August 13, 2023 at 2:39 pm

Abbott is a total wimp. Stock the entire river with piranha.

Lucifer Morningstar | August 13, 2023 at 2:47 pm

Oh please, whatever. Just more hysterical nonsense from the democrat party and their lackeys. Remember back when the democrats accused the Border Patrol that they chased Haitian illegals down on horseback (the Border Patrol not the Haitians) with whips? And that “incident” also turned out to be a hoax. Never happened. Yeah, this is just more of the same but with Greg Abbott as the target. When are people going to learn the simple fact that democrats have no shame, no ethics, and no morals and will use a dead child for their own political purposes.

Democrat Hoax ?

No, Democrat Conspiracy Theory

The whole point of the river barrier is to discourage illegal crossings. Why are people complaining that the barrier might have the effect of people dying while engaged in an illegal act?

Why is AMLO bitching that the barrier might be on the Mexican side of the river? Why doesn’t he turn his attention to his interior and ask, “Why are so many of my citizens undertaking dangerous actions in order to flee my jurisdiction?”

Why is the US not saying, “We are a sovereign nation. We will put up deadly barriers to prevent the illegal invasion of your people, and we will not apologize if your fleeing citizens get caught up in them”.

This is diplomacy 101.


A few months ago when heavy rains had the river well above normal and illegals were drowning right and left, the LSM just sort of didn’t notice.

Liars will have their place in the lake of fire.

This is all a hoax from both sides. Abbott pretends to be doing something about the invasion to keep the public from demanding his head, and the pro-invasion crowd lie and accuse their opponents of every evil they can imagine.

In the end, the buoys, barbed-wire, etc. are all for show. They can block a few hundred yards, here and there, of a 1200 mile river border, but the illegal aliens only have to move up or down the river a bit to get around it. No one in any position of power has any intention of stopping the invasion, and this wouldn’t be the way to stop it if they did.

Capitalist-Dad | August 14, 2023 at 10:00 am

I’m not impressed by , “See you in court.” The real test is when some leftist judge decrees that Texas can’t defend its citizens even when the Feds shirk or fail in that duty. Then telling the Feds to pound sand will mean something. States are not required to sit idly by while the regime fakes border security.

    not_a_lawyer in reply to Capitalist-Dad. | August 14, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    That has already been done.

    Arizona tried to build their own border wall, fully in compliance with federal law, the executive branch objected, and the judiciary sided with the executive.

    What the states need to do is send out their surveyors to the people that own property adjacent to the international border with the purpose of proposing a new border wall that is 30′ or so back from the international boundary. Leave enough room for the Border Patrol to drive their vehicles and carry out their mission.

    Behind those roads, a state like TX or AZ can build their own wall and tell the executive to go pound sand. It would take the compliance of the landowners to sell the last thirty or so feet of their property to the state, and those that do not comply could be subject to eminent domain laws, compelling their sale.

    If the state legislatures can summon the testosterone to pass trespassing laws, not just for the protection of individual landowners, but for the state, then the federal judiciary will have their hands tied, and by extension, the executive.

    Illegal immigrants can be convicted of violating state, not federal, law against trespassing if they compromise the interior wall, and held on charges that originate in state, not federal court.


Got to love how the Biden Administration cares about border sovereignty for Ukraine (over $100B) plus $410M for border security of Jordan, Egypt, Oman and Tunisia. But isn’t concerned about the sovereignty of our Southern border. It’s America Last Policy in action.

All these problems go away if the migrants / refugees come legally. All these troubles and trauma happen to the illegals. Why do the activists and their Congressional enablers keep pushing for illegals in the face of that? Why do they hate immigrants so much that they want to see them dead?

That is not a saw blade