Migrants wait to be treated.
About 10,000 migrants are crammed under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, awaiting detention in the United States, officials said Thursday.
Customs and border protection are sending additional personnel to deal with the crush of migrants in the Del Rio area, the agency said in a statement to ABC News.
“The Border Patrol is increasing its numbers in the Del Rio area and coordinating efforts within DHS and other relevant federal, state and local partners to immediately address the current level of encounters with migrants and to facilitate a safe process,” humane and orderly, ”CBP said. in a report. “To avoid injury from heat-related illnesses, the shaded area under the Del Rio International Bridge serves as a temporary staging site while migrants wait to be placed in USBP custody.”
“Drinking water, towels and portable toilets have been provided to migrants while waiting to be transported to a facility,” added CBP.
The overwhelming majority of those detained under the Del Rio sector bridge are from Haiti, a source familiar with the situation told ABC News.
Del Rio mayor Bruno Lozano said he had asked federal authorities to help ease the situation.
“Good evening from Del Río, TX. 10,503 (at 6:45 pm, September 16, 2021) migrants under the Del Río International Bridge. This morning we started at 8,200. President Biden, have you ever been informed of the current crisis, “Lozano tweeted Thursday.
Republicans were quick to criticize the situation and blame President Joe Biden.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz filmed a video under the bridge, posted on twitter, saying, “It’s a crisis unfolding. It’s a man-made crisis.
“Local officials are begging the administration to help them along the border,” said Chad Wolf, acting homeland security secretary to former President Donald Trump. tweeted. “This is absolutely crazy.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday criticized the Biden administration, saying it had reversed its decision to close the ports of entry after the massive arrival of migrants at the Texas border.
Six hours after U.S. Customs and Border Protection asked Texas for help in closing ports of entry and securing the border, the Biden administration has now turned around to a different strategy that abandon border security and instead facilitate the illegal passage of people and for cartels to exploit the border, ”he said in a statement. “The Biden administration is in disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan. I have asked the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at the points. ‘entrance and around them to deter crossings. “
CBP apprehended just over 208,000 people at the southern border in August, down about 4,000 from July, according to federal data. CBP carried out just 50,014 apprehensions at the southern border in August 2020, when Trump was in power.