Nearly 14,000 migrants now gather near the bridge in Del Rio, Texas
The Biden administration announced on Saturday that it was accelerating deportation flights to Haiti as officials scramble to get a grip on the rapidly escalating situation in Del Rio, Texas – where more than 14,000 migrants arrived in the region and have gathered under a nearby bridge. As they wish to enter the United States.
The situation, captured in images by Granthshala News, in which thousands of migrants, mainly from Haiti, have gathered under the international bridge, has stunned officials as the number rose from 4,000 to 14,000 in a matter of days and calls for the administration to A new border crisis arose.
CBP closes Del Rio entry port, border posts in response to Haitian migrant surge
Images taken by Granthshala News on Saturday showed hundreds of migrants moving collectively on the Rio Grande from Mexico to the US in a shallow section of the river.
Officials described the situation as “out of control” and the head of the Border Patrol labor union told Granthshala News that agents were overworked and frustrated by what they saw as the federal government’s failure to act. Was.
“They’re working six days a week, they’re working 10 or more hours a day, they’re completely overwhelmed, they’re exhausted, they’re disappointed that the federal government hasn’t done its job, they’re frustrated.” “It appears that the federal government is actually inviting these people to cross our borders illegally,” said Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council.
On Friday night, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it had closed the port of entry, meaning those engaging in legal travel and trade would need to travel to Eagle Pass, 57 miles away. Meanwhile, sources told Granthshala that border posts that hold illegal immigrants and illegal goods have also been closed.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Saturday that it is implementing a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with the surge, which includes increasing the number of agents and officers in the area to 400 and moving migrants to other processing stations. . About 2,000 were moved to other stations on Friday, the statement said.
“Third, DHS will secure additional transport to accelerate speeds and increase capacity to divert flights to Haiti and other destinations in the hemisphere within the next 72 hours,” the statement said.
Images of Haitian migrant surge in Del Rio show chaos under bridge as numbers exceed 11,000
Flights were reportedly halted after an earthquake in Haiti in August, which is believed to have encouraged migrants to travel, as well as temporary preserves for Haitians already in the US in May by the administration. It was decided to extend the position (TPS).
The department also says it is working to repatriate migrants at the border with transit countries, as well as taking further steps to reduce congestion and improve conditions.
“Ultimately, the White House has directed the appropriate US agencies to work with Haitian and other regional governments to provide assistance and support to the returnees,” the statement said.
The DHS said a “majority” of migrants would continue to be expelled under Title 42 health protections – although a recent legal ruling ordered the administration to stop deporting migrant families under orders later this month. However it can still be applied to single adults.
The department reiterated its claim that “our borders are not open, and people should not undertake dangerous travel.”
“Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion. Irregular migration poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of border communities and the lives of migrants themselves, and should not be attempted,” it said.