U.S. Border Patrol agents were notified shortly before midnight that dozens of people were trying to make their way onto the beach where the border wall enters the water.
As border patrol agents and EMS arrived at the scene, they found an unresponsive woman in the group of swimmers and immediately started performing CPR. She was pronounced dead around 12:30 a.m.
A total of 36 Mexican nationals — 25 men and 11 women — were taken into custody, including 13 people who the Coast Guard saved in the water.
The Biden administration's critics have seized on its handling of the border crisis, as a record-high 1.7 million migrants were apprehended trying to enter the United States in fiscal year 2021.
"The Biden Administration’s catch-and-release policy is not only a national security disaster but a humanitarian disaster — inviting people to make the illegal, dangerous and treacherous journey, as evidenced by this sorrowful tragedy," Stephen Miller, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, told Fox News on Sunday.
"Biden’s radical lawlessness has created a never-ending nightmare, one that spreads misery everywhere and enriches the cartels and smugglers as never before."
In the San Diego sector, specifically, 2021 encounters with single adult migrants rose 152% compared to 2020, while encounters with unaccompanied minors jumped 82%.