The graves of unidentified migrants lay bare the horrific toll of Biden’s border crisis: PVC pipe crosses with ‘John Doe’ markings sit in cemetery in Texas as death toll reaches record high of 782 in a year
- A TikTok video shows at least a dozen sunken burial plots where undocumented migrants were buried at graves marked with PVC pipe ‘crosses’
- The graves include temporary markers with ‘John Doe’
- Memorial Funeral Chapel, which is associated with Valdez and Sons, is responsible for retrieving and burying bodies of undocumented immigrants
- Many die crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico to the U.S.
- There is a record number of migrant deaths in Fiscal Year 2022, with 782 dying along the southern border, according to a Fox report
- This includes the 53 who died in an overheated tractor trailer outside of San Antonio, Texas and 30 who died in September
Sunken, unfinished graves at a cemetery in Eagle Pass, Texas allegedly hold more than a dozen unidentified migrants who died in the dangerous journey trying to cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S.
Maverick County Cemetery has marked the makeshift graves with crosses constructed from PVC pipes and the temporary identification cards at the base of the crosses read ‘John Doe’.
A TikTok video of the scene with nearly 200,000 views claims that the migrants buried are those who drowned while crossing the Rio Grande River into Texas.
People living near the cemetery claim that the burials began in mid-August, and of the more than one dozen bodies buried, at least one was a baby, Eagle Pass’ local station KSAT 12 reported.
The video’s caption claims that the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office is at capacity, and the funeral homes in Maverick County and Eagle Pass Texas are also unable to take any more bodies.
A TikTok video shows at least a dozen sunken burial plots where undocumented migrants were buried at graves marked with PVC pipe ‘crosses’ near the popular crossing spot in Eagle Pass, Texas
The graves include temporary markers with ‘John Doe’ along with a death date and identification number
Temporary markers on the graves show the logo of Memorial Funeral Chapel, which is associated with Valdez and Sons. The business plays a role in retrieving and burying bodies of deceased undocumented immigrants
The number of migrants who have died crossing the border reached a record-high this year – in part due to the deadly June incident where dozens of migrants died in a tractor trailer due to sweltering conditions as they were smuggled into the U.S.
The brutal Texas heat and deadly conditions faced by 100 migrants left 53 dead inside and many in dire conditions inside a tractor-trailer outside of San Antonio, Texas.
In September alone, 30 migrants have died along the border – adding to the total toll of 782 deaths in Fiscal Year 2022, with 11 days left in the year.
That figure surpassed the previous record reached in Fiscal Year 2021 when more than 557 deaths were reported.
The TikTok account that posted the video claimed that they bodies were buried there because the Webb County Medical Examiner’s Office is at capacity, and the funeral homes in Maverick County and Eagle Pass Texas are also unable to take any more bodies
Employees with the cemetery say that there are plans for the PVC ‘crosses’ to be replaced with metal ones and Maverick County Judge David Saucedo said that the commissioner’s court accepted a contribution from a local individual to create the more permanent crosses.
‘I believe it’s a humanitarian thing,’ he said.
Tori Rogers, who goes by the handle middlegafemalefirearms on TikTok, posted a video on September 4, which has accumulated nearly 18,000 likes and more than 1,000 comments with outrage over the burial of migrants without their identities being confirmed.
The images shown in the video exhibit a muddy area with some graves sinking into the ground where unidentified migrants were buried. Some areas are flooding and none of the graves appear to have grass grown on them.
In areas where there was grass on the burial sites, it appeared overgrown and untamed.
The cemetery is located near Eagle Pass, Texas, which is one of the busiest spots where migrants attempt to illegally wade the waters of the Rio Grande River into the U.S. and claim asylum.
A record number of migrants have died making the dangerous journey across the U.S.-Mexico border – with many of the 782 deaths in Fiscal Year 2022 resulting from drowning in the Rio Grande River. Pictured: Asylum-seekers cross the border from Mexico to turn themselves into Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas on September 17, 2022
Temporary markers on the graves show the logo of Memorial Funeral Chapel, which is associated with Valdez and Sons. Rito Valdez III is tied to the business operations, but refused to answer questions related to the migrant graves.
Judge Saucedo confirmed Valdez’s business does play a role in retrieving and burying bodies of deceased undocumented immigrants.
‘The agreement that the county has is with all of the funeral homes in Maverick County,’ Saucedo said. ‘Right now, Memorial Funeral Chapel is the only one that is picking them up.’
Saucedo is concerned that space in the cemetery will also soon reach capacity.
Images emerge nearly daily of migrants making the dangerous attempt to cross the Rio Grande River – with many getting swept up in the strong current.