World 10,000 migrants, many Haitian, packed under Texas bridge
more than 10,000 migrants, especially Haitians, camp under a bridge at the southern border
© Claudio Cruz migrants from Central America and Haiti en route to the United States, September 15, 2021 Tapachula, Mexico a dozen thousands of migrants, including a majority of Haitians, campaign on Friday under a bridge at the southern border of the United States, a humanitarian crisis situation that places Joe Biden's government in difficulty. These migrants arrived at Del Rio, Texas, crossing the Rio Grande River.
More than 10,000 undocumented migrants, many of them Haitians, were being held under a bridge in Texas on Friday, US officials said, posing a new challenge to President Joe Biden's immigration policy.
Bruno Lozano, the mayor of Del Rio on the US-Mexico border, said that the migrants were crowded in an area controlled by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) beneath the Del Rio International Bridge.
Many of them were Haitians hoping to stay in the United States as their country suffers after a large earthquake and continuing political turmoil, Lozano said.
More images emerge of Haitian migrant surge at Del Rio as numbers soar past 11,000
More images are emerging of the Haitian migrant surge in Del Rio, Texas as numbers soar past 11,000 and Custom and Border Protection (CBP) surges more agents to the area amid reports that tens of thousands more could be on the way. Fox News obtained images of Haitian migrants walking across a dam in the Rio Grande, where they have traveled then to the International Bridge in their thousands, raising concerns of a new chapter in the relentless crisis at the southern border that has exploded under the Biden administration. TEXAS REP.
The mayor said there were 10,503 people under the bridge on Thursday evening, up from around 8,000 earlier in the day.
Video footage showed families sitting and sleeping in the open air, awaiting processing by the CBP, which has been overwhelmed by migrants crossing the border from Mexico as well as tens of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan.
"The border patrol right now is so overwhelmed with the influx of migrants in the Del Rio sector," Lozano said.
He said, besides those under the bridge, there were another 2,000-3,000 held in detention by CBP in the area.
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In a statement, the CBP said it was sending extra personnel and resources.
US to step up 'removal flights' for migrants stranded at Texas bridge
The United States said Saturday it would step up the number of so-called "removal flights" for thousands of migrants who flooded into the Texas border city of Del Rio, in a bid to alleviate a burgeoning crisis for President Joe Biden's administration. The migrants who poured into the city, many of them Haitian, were being held in an area controlled by US Customs and Border Protection beneath the Del Rio International Bridge, which carries traffic across the Rio Grande river into Mexico.
"To prevent injuries from heat-related illness, the shaded area underneath Del Rio International Bridge is serving as a temporary staging site while migrants wait to be taken into Border Patrol custody," it said.
CBP said the "vast majority" of single migrants and many of the families would be expelled under the government's Title 42 policy curtailing immigration due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Those who cannot be expelled under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to remain will be placed in expedited removal proceedings," CBP said.
Both Republicans and Democrats called for quick action from Biden, whose administration recorded and mostly expelled more than 200,000 migrants at the border in both July and August, the highest numbers in more than a decade.
Some said Biden's decision in late July after Haitian president Jovenel Moise's assassination to allow Haitians without US visas at the time to remain in the country offered an incentive for others to come.
"10,503 illegal aliens are under this bridge tonight because Joe Biden made a political decision to cancel deportation flights to Haiti," Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted on Thursday.
Meanwhile Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, herself an immigrant, also pressed Biden to act.
"This needs an urgent response from the Biden administration that is comprehensive and includes a cross-agency collaboration," she said in a statement.
"Let's help these folks who are stranded there and act swiftly before this gut-wrenching situation grows to unmanageable level."
DHS confirms Haitian migrants released into US, despite Mayorkas claim that 'your journey will not succeed' .
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday confirmed that some Haitian migrants are being released into the interior of the United States – despite a stern warning to migrants from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday that their efforts "will not succeed."In response to the surge in Haitian migrants, which has seen more than 14,000 migrants camped under the bridge in Del Rio, with reports of tens of thousands more on the way, DHS has emphasized that migrants are being removed on removal flights under Title 42 public health protections. DHS has ramped up deportation flights to Haiti as part of its strategy to combat the crisis.