The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Saturday that it would expel illegal immigrants from the bridge area of Texas.
The DHS made its announcement after various reports stated that thousands of illegal immigrants were gathering under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
Barberde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez said Thursday that there were about 9,000 illegal immigrants in the area, including Haitians, Cubans and Venezuelans. However, that number has increased to 14,000, border guard sources told The Epoch Times.
The Immigration Bureau temporarily closed Del Rio’s port of entry and rerouted traffic to the Eagle Pass, about 60 miles from Del Rio.
Illegal immigrants have been moved to other processing sites to accelerate the deportation process.
“The DHS carries out regular expulsion and removal flights to Haiti, Mexico, Ecuador, and countries in the Northern Triangle,” officials said. statement..
Update: According to Border Guard sources, there are currently 14,000 illegal immigrants under the bridge.
The International Bridge is closed to all traffic, mainly due to the formation of large Haitian camps.
Travelers traveling to and from Mexico need to travel about 60 miles to the Eagle Pass intersection. pic.twitter.com/E33bRytoRS
— Charlotte Cuthbertson (@charlottecuthbo) September 18, 2021
The number of illegal immigrants gathered in the area of the bridge surged in less than a week from just a few hundred under the bridge on September 9.
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Rosano said earlier this week that another 20,000 people are on their way.
“I’m deeply frustrated. I’m worried about Stampede. I’m worried about terrorism,” Rosano said.
“It’s not safe. It’s undefendable,” he said, looking at the wide open borders and the number of people crossing them.
“We really don’t know who they are.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he had instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to “maintain their presence in and around the port of entry to prevent intersections.”
“The Biden administration is completely confused and is dealing with the border crisis as badly as its evacuation from Afghanistan,” Abbott said in a statement on September 16.
According to the DHS, most illegal immigrants are banished under the authority of Title 42 of the CDC, and other migrants in the United States who cannot be banished under Title 42 are put into expedited removal procedures.
Title 42 was called early in CCP (((Chinese Communist Party). A viral pandemic under former President Donald Trump has stopped the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities by turning back immigrants encountered by border guards and staying in the United States in search of asylum and more. Does not give you the opportunity to try. reason.
Emmet Sullivan, a judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled on Friday that the Biden administration could not use Title 42 to expel illegal immigrants. However, the judge allowed the Biden administration to suspend its two-week practice.
Zachary Stieber, Charlotte Cuthbertson and The Associated Press contributed to the report.