The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) imposed a new no-fly zone for unmanned aircraft systems in the southern part of Texas, where the international bridge is located, after images appeared showing thousands of illegal immigrants piling up under it during the last few days waiting to enter the country.
The U.S. border crisis, far from being solved, is getting worse and worse. During the last few days, a caravan of migrants, mainly from Haiti, arrived at the southern border that divides the state of Texas with Mexico, waiting to be registered and processed by immigration authorities to enter the country as refugees.
The recent images obtained by drones in the area of the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, showing the presence of around 10,000 immigrants, once again raised the alarm about the catastrophic situation in the southern United States.
Faced with this situation, the FAA issued the notice on Sept.16 announcing that temporary flight restrictions prevented all unmanned aircraft, such as drones, from flying over the area until at least September 30, citing “special safety reasons.”
According to the statement, the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Justice (DOJ) could take action against anyone who does not comply with the ban, including destroying unmanned aircraft if deemed to pose a credible security threat.
With the controversial measure, local and international media are prevented from obtaining aerial images showing actual conditions at the site.
Only those with official airspace exemptions, as well as law enforcement and those flying over the area on disaster support missions, continue to be allowed.
Bill Melugin, a Fox News correspondent who first popularized the startling images over the past few days at the Texas bridge, was the one who warned from his Twitter account of the new restriction.
“We’ve learned that the FAA just implemented a two week TFR (Temporary Flight Restrictions) over the international bridge in Del Rio, TX, meaning we can no longer fly our FOX drone over it to show images of the thousands of migrants,” Melugin wrote on his Twitter account.
Faced with the desperate situation in the southern United States, the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, again held President Joe Biden’s administration responsible for handling the crisis poorly in an official statement.
“The Biden Administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan,” Abbott stated.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, another prominent critic of Biden’s immigration policies, is currently in the conflict zone and has been sharing images from the scene. From his Twitter account, he stated that there are presently 10,503 illegal aliens under the Del Rio International Bridge.