The United States continues experiencing masses of migrants attempting to enter the nation through its southern border. Recent reports reveal that multiple thousands of migrants are massed together beneath the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, awaiting apprehension from American authorities.
According to Fox News, various law enforcement and Border Patrol sources noted that over 4,2000 individuals are awaiting entry to the United States. However, the Washington Times added that the number of individuals is over 4,500, per Joe Frank Martinez, the Val Verde County Sheriff. Vanessa Croix, a KENS 5 reporter and anchor, added that she heard “close to 6,000 migrants are waiting to be processed,” per various officers.
— Vanessa Croix (@VanessaKENS5) September 15, 2021
Martinez added that the individuals under the bridge were effectively handing themselves over the Border Patrol, though Border Patrol does not have “room for them at the Border Patrol Station.”
Moreover, the thousands of individuals are not in danger; instead, they receive “a ticket for placement” and subsequently “[lay] around waiting for a bus to pick them up.”
The situation is “not healthy” and “not safe” under the bridge “for all involved,” Martinez stated, adding that “it is a situation that in my opinion has gone south,” and that it also will not improve until “somebody does something.”
Martinez also observed that the migrants receive food and water from Mexico, though they return back to the U.S. camp.
In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection offered an explanation for the sight of thousands of migrants underneath a bridge, noting that the agency instructed the migrants to stand under the bridge “to prevent injuries from heat-related illness” and subsequently “[serve] as a temporary staging site while migrants wait to be taken into USBP custody.”
Portable toilets, drinking water, and towels have also been provided for the migrants while awaiting transportation to a facility.
USBP claims that the “vast majority” of families and single adults will face continued expulsion under the Title 42 authority of the CDC, though individuals who cannot be expelled through this title “and do not have a legal basis to remain will be placed in expedited removal proceedings.”
Bruno Lozano, the Del Rio Mayor, also observed that another 20,000 migrants are bound for Del Rio.
Thus far in 2021, the number of encounters at the border has generally increased each month, reaching an apex of 213,534 encounters in July. August’s encounters fell slightly to 208,887. However, figures for both months are vastly higher than the 71,946 encountered in October 2020.