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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas said Friday that the Biden administration had removed just 2,000 of the more than 30,000 migrants who arrived at the border in Del Rio in September.

Visuals of about 15,000 migrants camping under the Del Rio bridge made national and international headlines, as well as outrage from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The administration increased resources and border patrols in the area, although horse patrols later ended within days amid allegations that Haitian migrants were being “whipped”.

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Mayorcas says Haitian migrants under Del Rio Bridge were not tested for COVID-19

Mayerkas announced from a White House platform on Friday that “there are no longer any migrants in the camp under the Del Rio International Bridge.”

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He told reporters that around 30,000 migrants have arrived at the border since September 9, and that about 12,400 were allowed to have their cases heard by an immigration judge “to determine whether they will be deported or United States.” Will be allowed to stay in the state.” These immigrants were released into the United States with either notice to appear in court or to be investigated at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.

Meyerkas said an estimated 8,000 migrants have “voluntarily decided to return to Mexico” and that just over 5,000 are being processed by DHS to determine whether they will be expelled or placed in immigration proceedings in the US.

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Meyerkas said 2,000 of the 30,000 who attempted to enter the US this month were removed from 17 flights by the US.

Mayerkas also revealed that the migrants were not tested for COVID-19 when they were under the bridge and did not know how many COVID cases were among the migrants, who were packed together in poor conditions for several days. Had gone.

Meyerkas also stood by the administration’s decision to put several Border Patrol agents on desk duty after migrants were barred from entering US activists, lawmakers, and President Biden after images emerged of agents on horses who have Debunked narratives were promoted that agents had “whipped” migrants and have said investigations are underway.

Meyerkas also defended the administration’s “three-part plan” to solve the migration crisis, even as the number of migrant encounters exceeded 200,000 in July and August.

“We invest in root causes, to address the need to address the reason why people leave their homes and take a dangerous journey they shouldn’t take,” Meyerkas said. “Second, the creation of safe, orderly and humane paths. And third, the reconstruction of an asylum system and a refugee program that had been destroyed in the prior administration.”