Monday, September 20, 2021

Texas State Troopers Seal Off U.S.-Mexico Border in Del Rio; Del Rio a ‘flashpoint’ in Immigration Crisis Where Troopers are Being Surged; Abbott Sends Highway Patrol, National Guard to Block Migrants at Border

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Texas state troopers seal off U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio:
Texas state troopers used cars to erect a wall of metal this weekend, sealing off the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, and the Homeland Security Department said it was rushing agents and officers to the site to process the thousands of migrants who had made it across, as officials moved on what has become an illegal immigrant beachhead inside the country.
Homeland Security also vowed more deportation flights and use of expedited removal, a speedy deportation process, to try to oust as many of the migrants, most of them Haitians, from the camp they erected on the banks of the Rio Grande.
With the stream of new migrants cut off, authorities whittled down the numbers from a peak of about 16,000 people late last week to fewer than 13,000 Sunday afternoon.
Todd Bensman, senior national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, who has been observing the scene on the ground for several days, said the Biden administration is desperate to get the numbers to a manageable level before those in the camp grow unruly.
“They actually are genuinely fearful there will be a big riot,” he said.
The chaotic scene forced the feds to close the border crossing late Friday after a day’s dithering. --->READ MORE HERE
Sandra Sanchez/Border Report Photo
Del Rio a ‘flashpoint’ in immigration crisis where troopers are being surged
About 1,000 Texas state troopers and National Guard members surged to the remote Texas border town of Del Rio where migrants who desperately want to claim asylum in the United States have surrounded the international bridge.
The Del Rio International Bridge remained closed for the second day on Saturday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday evening shut the bridge to traffic to and from the Mexican border town of Acuña, in the state of Coahuila, as the number of migrants living under the bridge continued to grow.
As of Saturday afternoon, there were 14,812 migrants — mostly Haitians — waiting under the bridge to be processed by U.S. authorities. They were part of a caravan that entered the jungles of Panama weeks ago and made its way north.
Babies have been born under the bridge, Del Rio’s mayor said during a news conference on Saturday. The security situation has grown increasingly unstable, law enforcement and local officials told Border Report, which is why the bridge was shut down. --->READ MORE HERE
Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Governor Sends Highway Patrol, National Guard to Block Migrants at Border: 
Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed a contingent of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol troopers to stop the free flow of mostly Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande. The force of nearly 1,000 troopers and National Guard soldiers entered the makeshift migrant camp housing nearly 15,000 migrants under the Del Rio International Bridge.
On Saturday afternoon, the troopers used vehicles and barbed wire to block access to a weir dam stretching the Rio Grande. The migrants utilized the dam as the primary crossing point from Mexico into the makeshift camp.

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