A Border Patrol bus carrying Haitian migrants away from Del Rio was taken over by some of the passengers who managed to escape, according to the Washington Examiner.
Two law enforcement officials told the news media that the migrants revolted during the journey and took control of the federally hired private bus on Monday afternoon of Sept. 20.
The white bus was supposed to transport the migrants picked up from the makeshift migrant camp in the international bridge in Del Rio to San Antonio, Texas. The trip would take around two and a half hours.
“They did break out of the bus, and they did escape,” a senior official told the news media.
According to epnewsleader, the bus was hijacked near Kingsville while traveling on Highway 77, and the migrants were said to have assaulted the agents when making their escape.
“Well I believe in an attempt to abscond into the brush or leave the area these individuals were able to assault federal agents on the bus in an attempt to escape,” Sheriff Kirkpatrick said.
“I think it was at that point where the driver was able to pull over, that’s when they were able to get and force the door open and abscond off the bus,” he added.
Authorities apprehended the escaped migrants after a chase, and they were eventually loaded onto another bus.
Over the past week, Haitian refugees flooded Del Rio in mass numbers, going from mere thousands to more than 14,000 individuals gathering under the International Bridge.
The citizens of Haiti had been leaving their country over political unsettlement after the assassination of their president, the rise in gang crimes, hunger, and devastating earthquakes.
According to The New York Times, Haitian officials had told the U.S. to cease the deportation flights since the country was in crisis and could not afford to process the thousands of homeless deportees.
“The Haitian state is not really able to receive these deportees,” said the head of Haiti’s national migration office, Jean Negot Bonheur Delva.
“We are here to say welcome, they can come back and stay in Haiti—but they are very agitated,” said Delva. “They don’t accept the forced return.”
The Biden administration, which had promised a more compassionate approach to immigration than its predecessor, had been forced to toughen up on the influx.
Critics had warned criminals such as smugglers could take advantage of the overwhelming number of illegal migrants taxing border officials over their limits.