by Mish Shedlock, The Street:
Word has spread that Del Rio is a safe place to cross the Rio Grande. At least 12,000 are now camped under a bridge. 215,000 arrests in less than a year.
Close to 13,000 migrants, many originally from Haiti, are now in Del Rio, according to officials in the area, overwhelming the resources of local, state and federal authorities. They have formed a makeshift camp under a bridge while they wait to be processed, with a fence on one side and the Rio Grande on the other.
Border Patrol Chief Raul L. Ortiz said at a press conference Sunday there were 12,662 migrants under the bridge and none had entered Del Rio overnight.
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Mr. Rios said migrants have been crossing at will for days. In Ciudad Acuña, local authorities have attempted to control the crowds but not stop them from entering the U.S.
Since October, the start of the government’s budget year, agents there have made nearly 215,000 arrests, a record for the area.
Still, this city of 35,000 has never experienced anything like the past week. And no one is certain why so many migrants arrived at one time. Word that Del Rio offers a safe place to cross appears to have spread in a community of Haitians who left the poor island nation for South America in the past few years, primarily for job opportunities.
Border Crisis In Pictures
The massive surge in migration, primarily from Haiti, has overwhelmed the authorities and caused significant delays in processing.
Thousands of migrants seeking asylum waded through the water of the Rio Grande this week along the U.S. Mexico border as they awaited processing. The massive surge in migration, primarily from Haiti, has overwhelmed the authorities and caused significant delays in processing. pic.twitter.com/nYqQR0n5kb
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 17, 2021
Biden Seeks to Stop Drone Images
AMAZING — Since the Biden administration has kicked @BillFoxLA and his team out from flying Fox News’s drones along the U.S./Mexico border in Del Rio, TX, *local* law enforcement decided to get him a helicopter to hop in and go check things out to continue reporting. pic.twitter.com/pZ54my6E7o
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 17, 2021
California Isn’t Texas
I visited the U.S.-Mexico border to listen and to learn. Partisan pundits are no substitute for seeing for yourself. (Disclaimer: the border is not a monolith. The border in California is different from TX or AZ—in geography, in history, and in economy.) THREAD on what I saw. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/hBMR9vxYox
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) September 13, 2021
On a Boat in the Rio Grande
BREAKING: I am absolutely stunned by what I’m witnessing right now. We are on a boat in the Rio Grande near the Del Rio international bridge and we are watching as masses of hundreds of migrants walk across the river from Mexico and stream into the US illegally. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/xXE4pDkpIe
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 18, 2021