Mexican authorities said they located the bodies of five immigrants last week who appear to have drowned while attempting to illegally cross into the United States.

Last Thursday, police claim they found the bodies of four men and one woman washed up on the banks of the Rio Grande river near South Texas, across from Rio Grande City.

Investigators identified two of the men as Mexican nationals, and another as hailing from El Salvador.

“They appear to have drowned in the river,” reports the Associated Press. “Their bodies were found in the water or close to the river banks on the Mexican side, along a stretch of about 400 meters (yards) from each other.”

News of the deaths was met with skepticism online given the Mexican police’s sordid history of systemic corruption.

“If the Mexican police found them are we going to believe them that they all drowned?” asked one user on the ValleyCentral comment board.

“The headline should read, ‘Mexican police dump bodies in Rio Grande River then claim to find them,’” one Facebook user quipped.

While it is unknown whether the deaths were the result of a Mexican police hit squad, immigrant drowning deaths do routinely occur along the Rio Grande, a common entry point for immigrants of various nationalities.

Enticed by promises of amnesty, work, money and free welfare, many immigrants undertake the dangerous journey unaware the trek could end up costing their lives.

As we have documented, illegals who manage to swim into South Texas undetected have a harsh 80-mile stretch of desolate terrain to negotiate before reaching civilization.

In hopes of penetrating further into the mainland, many enlist the services of profit-driven human smugglers, a seedy bunch who will lie, cheat and steal from their clients and who often have little concern for human life.

Indeed, ranchers who live between the Texas town of Falfurias and the Mexican border say they will not dine on wild hogs caught in the area due to the possibility that the animals may have feasted on dead illegals, often stragglers left behind by human traffickers.

Of course, the Obama administration’s policies are largely responsible for giving illegal immigrants the impression that America has the resources to care for them, their families and anyone else who wants to jump on board.

Last week, we reported on federally-approved “sanctuary cities” established across the country geared to streamline services for new immigrants like transportation, food, shelter and work, in efforts to assimilate foreigners into American society.

The federal government’s bending-over-backwards to accomodate “Americans-in-waiting” has led several government insiders to assert that the Obama administration has purposely orchestrated the influx, much to the detriment of national security.

“This is not a humanitarian crisis,” Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers Zach Taylor wrote in a press release last year.

“It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor Illegal Alien children at risk for purely political purposes. Certainly, we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States Government.”

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