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Why Jorge Ramos Swam the Rio Grande (It Wasn’t to Get to the Other Side)

JorgeRamosSwimsNo, that’s not Jorge Ramos taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean off Miami Beach. In fact, the Fusion and Univision anchor swam across the Rio Grande as part of his Fusion special tonight on the border crises.

“I swam with my cameraman all the way to the Mexican side without actually touching the Mexican side because that’s illegal by treaty,” Ramos tells the Daily Beast. Also, even though Ramos has dual U.S./Mexican citizenship, he didn’t have his passport.

As for what it’s like:

It’s exactly what you think it is. There are very strong undercurrents, a lot of rocks and plants and a muddy bottom. If you try to stand up you might be stuck because it’s so muddy you can’t actually move your legs. It is very, very contaminated. And it’s dark. It’s impossible to look through the water. It took me about 15 minutes.

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