DHS shuts down border crossing to deal with growing migrant camp
Officials from Biden administration , who had just days earlier disputed Gov. Greg Abbott claimed that Customs and Border Protection had suggested closing the crossing. This closure was also an admission of the fact that the situation at the camp for migrants has become out-of-control.
CBP stated that border traffic will be sent an hour southeast from Del Rio to Eagle Pass, the port of entry.
“This temporary closure is necessary for CBP in order to respond to the urgent safety and security requirements presented by an influx migrants into Del Rio. It is effective immediately,” CBP stated in a statement. “It will advance and protect national interests and help ensure the safety of the traveling public, commercial traffic, and CBP employees and facilities.”
The camp is a serious test of the country’s southern border, with about 10,000 migrants — mostly Haitian — having taken over a beachhead on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande.
They have not been arrested by Border Patrol agents because they are too numerous. Agents are giving out tickets to inform the migrants when they can be officially apprehended.
The migrants are arriving because Mexico has stated it won’t allow Haitians to be returned across its border. The Biden administration has also dismantled much Trump’s enforcement framework, leaving the U.S. government with little choice but to capture and release the migrants.
The situation had become an embarrassment for the administration, fueled by overhead photos, captured by drone, of the mass of migrants. The administration then issued a ban on drones, sparking outcries of a coverup.
Mr. Abbott said Thursday that he thought he‘d reached a deal with Homeland Security to shut the port of entry, and had begun to deploy state resources to that end. he stated that CBP had changed its mind six hours later.
CBP didn’t address this in its Friday statement.