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More images are emerging of thein Del Rio, 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.
McCarthy calls on Biden to deploy National Guard as pressure builds over Haitian migrant surge
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday urged President Biden to deploy the National Guard in response to the Haitian migrant surge at Del Rio, Texas which has overwhelmed the small town -- with officials describing the situation as “out of control.”"The Biden Administration must recognize this for what it is: A National Security Crisis," McCarthy said in a statement. "As such he must fully deploy the National Guard to the southern border to help our Border Patrol agents with more resources to control the situation.
On Wednesday, theunder the bridge were more than 4,000, by Thursday morning that number had spiked to approximately 8,200 and by Friday it was over 11,000. Multiple sources told Fox News that they have been told that there are "tens of thousands" more on their way.
Fox had been using a drone to film the astonishing scenes of the thousands of migrants gathered under the bridge, but on Thursday evening the Federal Aviation Administration.
"The Border Patrol requested the temporary flight restriction due to drones interfering with law enforcement flights on the border," the FAA said in a statement. "As with any temporary flight restriction, media is able to call the FAA to make requests to operate in the area."
The Texas GOP sees Haitian migrants in crisis as a political opportunity
But it’s actually a humanitarian disaster exacerbated by Biden.On Thursday, he said that he had ordered state troopers and the Texas National Guard to “shut down six points of entry along the southern border” at the direction of federal immigration authorities as thousands of Haitian migrants await their turn to enter the US under an international bridge in the city of Del Rio in southwest Texas.
The FAA approved Fox News' request on Friday.
A source had told Fox on Thursday that Border Patrol was overwhelmed and that the situation is "out of control," while Texas lawmakers have expressed horror at the squalid scenes of thousands of migrants huddled under the bridge waiting to be processed into the U.S.
"The sheer amount of people, it’s like getting hit by a 2x4," Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, told Fox Newson Thursday. "You think you’re in a third-world country, and this is the United States, this is Del Rio Texas, and there is literally no border at all -- it’s just been muddied over."
"To feed these migrants, provide them three meals a day would cost the city of Del Rio $1 million a week," he said. "This is a small town that does not have any resources and yet they are literally having to come up with millions of dollars a week to handle this crisis -- it’s unfair to them."
US steps up plan to expel Haitian migrants from Texas border city
Thousands of people in Del Rio to be put on ‘removal flights’ within next three days, officials say.The migrants, many of them Haitian, were being held in an area controlled by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) beneath the Del Rio International Bridge, which carries traffic across the Rio Grande river into Mexico.
"This is a disaster, and it is a manmade disaster," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said, who also shared images of the chaos. "When you have open borders, this is what you get.
Cruz and others have said that the surge was caused in part by a cancelation of deportation flights to Haiti, which led to more Haitians making the journey to the U.S.
A DHS official told Fox News that a flight to Haiti went out on Wednesday and said flights are continuing, although they could not provide details on upcoming flights due to operation and security factors.
Customs and Border Protection told Fox News that Border Patrol is "increasing its manpower in the Del Rio Sector and coordinating efforts within DHS and other relevant federal, state and local partners to immediately address the current level of migrant encounters and to facilitate a safe, humane and orderly process."
"Drinking water, towels, and portable toilets have been delivered for migrants to use while they await to be transported to a facility," a spokesperson said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano called for the administration to act on the crisis.
"This is just something that needs to be brought to light, that we need quick attention from the administration, we need quick attention to this, we need a response in real time," he said.
Why America keeps turning its back on Haitian migrants .
The Biden administration is continuing a long history of exclusionary policy against Haitian asylum seekers.Condemnation of the agents’ behavior was swift, with advocates drawing parallels to slave patrols, or the white men on horses who whipped enslaved people in cotton fields. But inhumane treatment of Black migrants, particularly Haitian migrants, is not new; it’s closely linked to the history of immigrant detention in the United States.