Border crisis: over 12 illegal immigrants have been living under a bridge in Texas for a week
More than 12 illegal immigrants are waiting for asylum under the Del Rio International Bridge (Texas). Most of them came from Haiti via the Rio Grande into the United States, and local authorities expect more in the coming days. More about the situation in Texas told the publication New York Post.
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said that more than 12 illegal immigrants have gathered under the bridge, and they do not have enough food and water.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed a two-week restriction on flights over the city of Del Rio for "special safety reasons."
The FAA said in a statement: “The Border Patrol has requested a temporary flight restriction due to drones interfering with law enforcement flights at the border. As with any temporary flight restriction, the media can call the FAA to make requests for work in the area. "
While thousands remain under the bridge, Reuters has reportedly witnessed hundreds of them returning across the Rio Grande to Mexico to collect more supplies they could not get their hands on in Texas.
Some immigrants were told that they could be stuck in a camp for up to five days. Many are already running out of money.
Most of the illegal immigrants are from Haiti, while others reportedly come from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
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Many of them received tickets from the US Border Patrol with numbers to determine when their applications would be processed. One family reported that, according to their ticket, they were about 2000 in line.
The influx of illegal border crossings came days after border guards confirmed they had met 208 migrants at the southwestern border in August.
Last month, for the first time, more than 200 meetings with illegal immigrants were recorded since February and March 000 (2000 and 211, respectively).
This year, law enforcement officers stopped 1 illegal immigrants trying to cross the border between the United States and Mexico.
Increase in the number of staff
It is unclear how many more people will cross the river to wait under the bridge, but the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be increasing the number of personnel in the area.
"The Border Patrol is expanding its staff in the Del Rio Sector and is coordinating efforts within DHS and other relevant federal and local partners to immediately resolve the situation and facilitate a safe, humane and orderly process," CBP said. "To prevent the effects of heat-related illness, the area under the Del Rio International Bridge serves as a temporary staging post."
CBP officials said the service provided migrants with drinking water, towels and portable toilets to use while waiting for information processing. The Hill.
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John Anfinsen, a high-level spokesman for the Del Rio sector border guards union, said: "We are trying our best to provide all the resources that are available to us, but this is a logistical nightmare."
Since taking office as President of the United States, Joe Biden and his administration have come under bipartisan and even international criticism for pursuing policies that led to such a crisis on the border.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott keeps urging the administration to stop the flow of people seeking to "illegally cross the border."
“The Biden administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as evacuating from Afghanistan,” he said. "I have directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the State National Guard to maintain a presence in and around ports of entry to prevent illegal border crossings."
Initially, he called for the closure of all points of entry. The spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said officials were "coordinating a plan" with Mexican authorities to close the port as the number of people in the camp is growing relentlessly. Border Report.
The administration said it would continue to deport immigrants in accordance with section 42 of the Coronavirus Era Public Health Code, although human rights activists criticized officials for resuming flights to repatriate Haiti amid ongoing political, economic and environmental disasters in the country.
How is the situation
Thousands of people arrive every day, mostly from the Haitian "caravan" - they went into the jungle of Panama and began arriving in Del Rio over the weekend.
A 7,2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti and the assassination of the president forced Haitians to move north.
Mothers with babies lie on flattened cardboard boxes. The ground is littered with expanded polystyrene slabs and heaps of rubbish every few meters.
Local churches in Del Rio distribute sandwiches and bring drinking water, but immigrants say that is not enough.
Mexican sellers bring water and other drinks to sell, and immigrants ask passers-by on the bridge for money to buy these goods.
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