Texas Governor Approves Miles-Long Steel Barrier of Police Vehicles to Deter the More Than 8,000 Igrants in Del Rio
With 8,600 migrants remaining under the Del Rio International Bridge, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday officials are using “unprecedented” methods to deter migrants from crossing into the state, including parking Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles for miles along the border to create a “steel barrier.”
The influx of migrants, many of whom are Haitians, was triggered by word-of-mouth or social media reports that the border at Del Rio was open, according to US Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz. Both municipal and federal officials have expressed their displeasure with the chaotic images at the bridge, which include law enforcement police on horseback deploying forceful techniques against migrants. The temporary camps beneath the bridge have been dubbed inhumane by some. Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council said that “What you see beneath the bridge is not compassionate.”
Abbott blamed the current situation in Del Rio on President Joe Biden’s administration, claiming that the federal government is not doing enough to safeguard the country’s southern border. Thousands of migrants are camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, waiting to be processed by US immigration authorities, according to Abbott.
At a news conference in Val Verde Country, Abbott said that “When you have an administration that is not enforcing the law in this country when you have an administration that has abandoned any pretense of securing the border and securing our sovereignty, you see the onrush of people like what we saw walking across this dam that is right behind me,” Abbott said at a news conference in Val Verde County.
The Biden administration continues to rely on a Trump-era border strategy tied to the coronavirus outbreak, which authorizes border officials to quickly deport migrants caught at the US-Mexico border. In recent days, the administration has boosted the number of removals and repatriation flights. The administration expects to wipe out the migrant camp under the bridge within the next nine or ten days, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.