The migrants are waiting to be treated.
About 10,000 migrants are packed under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, waiting to be taken into U.S. custody, officials said Thursday.
Customs and border protection are sending extra manpower to deal with the crushing of migrants in the Del Rio sector, the agency said in a statement to ABC News.
“The Border Patrol is increasing its workforce 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 meetings and facilitate a safe, humane and orderly process,” CBP said in a declaration. “To prevent injuries due to heat-related illness, the shady area under the Del Rio International Bridge serves as a temporary staging site while migrants wait to be taken into USBP custody.”
“Drinking water, towels and portable toilets have been provided for migrants to use while waiting to be transported to a facility,” CBP added.
The overwhelming majority of people held under the bridge in the Del Rio sector are from Haiti, a source 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 (from 18:45, 16 September 2021) migrants under the Del Río International Bridge. This morning we started at 8,200. President Biden, have you been informed of the ongoing crisis yet,” Lozano tweeted on Thursday.
Republicans have quickly criticized the situation and blamed President Joe Biden.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz filmed a video from under the bridge, posted on Twitterand said: “It’s a crisis unfolding. It’s a man – made crisis.
“Local officials are begging the administration for help along the border,” former President Donald Trump’s acting secretary of state for security Chad Wolf tweeted. “This is crazy.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott criticized the Biden administration on Thursday, saying it reversed its decision to close ports of entry after a massive influx of migrants arrived on the Texas border.
“Six hours after US Customs and Border Protection requested assistance from Texas to close ports of entry and secure the border, the Biden administration has now reversed another strategy that abandons border security and instead makes it easier for people to cross illegally and for cartels to exploit the border, “he said in a statement. “The Biden administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings.”
CBP arrested well over 208,000 people at the southern border in August, a drop of about 4,000 from July, according to federal data. The CBP made only 50,014 concerns at the southern border in August 2020, when Trump was in office.