(Del Rio) The U.S. government on Saturday announced that Joe Biden would speed up the evacuation rate of more than 10,000 migrants, especially Haitians, who had gathered for several days under a bridge in Texas after crossing the border from Mexico.
These settlers crossed the Del Rio, Texas, and Rio Grande rivers. From less than 2,000 at the start of the week, they numbered more than 10,500 on Friday, according to figures contacted by the mayor of the border city, Bruno Lozano, who is expecting several new arrivals.
In a statement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would receive additional traffic within the next 72 hours to “increase speeds and increase the capacity of deportation flights to Haiti and elsewhere.”
Spectacular images of these immigrants gathering under a bridge in the heat have pushed Republican opposition in recent days, but democratic voices have also urged Joe Biden to resolve the situation without delay.
The Democratic mayor of Del Rio declared a state of emergency and closed the bridge to stop traffic on Friday.
In addition to the already existing political unrest and insecurity in Haiti, a deadly earthquake in August devastated the southwestern country, killing more than 2,200 people. UNICEF says 650,000 people, including 260,000 children and adolescents, need “urgent humanitarian assistance”.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent 400 additional agents to the CBP to “improve surveillance in the area,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on Saturday.
The ministry already “handles outings and flights to Haiti, Mexico, Ecuador and the Northern Triangle,” Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, he said.
The Biden administration recalled that “our borders are not open and no one should make this dangerous journey,” accusing the Democratic president of creating a draft by ensuring “more human” immigration in response to Republican criticism.
“Illegal immigration poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of residents near the border and the lives of migrants,” the ministry said in a statement.
Border guards said they distributed drinking water, towels and hand-held toilets to the migrants.
The Department of Homeland Security says “the majority of immigrants continue to be deported” under the health rule adopted at the outset of the epidemic to control the spread of the virus.
However, a federal judge on Thursday ordered the government not to deport families in an environment that complicates the work of officers already facing historic displacements on a Mexican border. The government appealed the decision Friday.
Among other immigrants, those who do not have “legal reasons to stay” are subject to the normal rule of eviction, the report said. On Friday, about 2,000 migrants were sent to other centers so that border police could process their cases “quickly” and “deport” them if necessary.
More than 1.3 million immigrants have been arrested on the Mexican border since Joe Biden arrived at the White House in January, the highest level in 20 years.
Republican opposition president Biden has accused the fight against illegal immigration of creating a “migration crisis” by easing the activities of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
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