Following the drowning deaths of three migrants, including two minors, Sun Journal writer Steve Majerus-Collins falsely reported on X that the deaths were caused by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent deployment of the Texas National Guard to gain control of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“My X feed is full of MAGA folks defending a Texas policy that let a mother and two young children drown at the US border,” Majerus-Collins said in a Sunday post.
“Even the children, they say, were lawbreakers who had it coming,” Majerus-Collins claimed.
Majerus-Collins did not provide any examples of “MAGA folks” posting that the migrant children deserved to die, nor was the Maine Wire able to locate any examples of the kinds of posts he claimed were “filling” his feed.
Majerus-Collins, who was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Maine Press Association in 2022, appears to have based the false information he reported on a press release from U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas.
However, documents filed with the U.S. Justice Department show that the three individuals in question had already drowned before U.S. Customs and Border Protection was alerted to their presence near the Shelby Park boat ramp by Mexican officials.
According to the federal memo, all three individuals had drowned before any U.S. or Texas personnel were made aware of their attempted crossing.
Roughly an hour later, a guardsman with the Texas National Guard prevented a federal Border Patrol agent from accessing the area where the deaths occurred.
Neither Majerus-Collins nor Cuellar have deleted or corrected the false information.
When other social media users pointed up the facts surrounding the migrant deaths, Majerus-Collins claimed ignorance of what actually happened on the border; however, he maintained that supporters of former President Donald Trump were happy over the deaths.
“I don’t know what happened,” Majerus-Collins posted.
“What I do know is that a whole lot of people, all with plenty of MAGA posts, seem almost giddy at the notion that a mother and two children drowned trying to get to Texas,” he said.
The false narrative that Texas caused the drowning deaths was also promoted by the Biden White House and multiple mainstream media outlets.
According to the New York Post, Texas officials have described the claim that Texas policies contributed to the drowning as “wholly inaccurate.”
According to those Texas officials, Border Patrol was not seeking access to the border area in order to rescue any migrants.
Instead, they were seeking to apprehend two members of the same party who survived the dangerous river crossing and illegally entered the U.S.