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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked President Biden to issue an emergency declaration for his state in the face of an increasingly difficult border crisis.

In a letter to the president, Abbott pointed specifically to Val Verde County, where Haitian immigrants have set up a camp in Del Rio under the International Bridge. The governor said there were about 16,000 migrants in Del Rio as of Saturday.

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“Families, including infants and children, need food, water and medical supplies that local governments cannot supply,” Abbott wrote. “Thousands of families freeze in 100-degree heat as their numbers continue to grow as they wait to be processed by about 64 federal agents in the area. Individuals are camping in poor conditions and dirty river water. Bathing in the city is causing major health concerns.”

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Abbott notes that Del Rio has a population of only 35,000 people, and that the city is not equipped to handle that many migrants.

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Additionally, the governor said, the coronavirus pandemic makes the situation even more dangerous, as he “has not been given any clear information about whether these individuals have received the COVID-19 vaccination or been tested for the virus.” or if they are exposing Texans and Americans to COVID.”

Granthshala News reached out to the White House for comment on Abbott’s letter, but did not immediately respond.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas is in the fray on Monday to address the situation in Del Rio in Texas, and the Department of Homeland Security is taking various steps, including intensifying efforts to repatriate migrants to Haiti and other countries.