Texas’s state law enforcement has stormed the border and secure it with scores of vehicles in a small border town where thousands of Haitian migrants gathered under a bridge before the Biden administration is expected to deploy the flights to expel them.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a tweet on Saturday, Sept. 18 that the state’s Department of Public Safety is “in full force along the border around the Del Rio area.” He shared a photo featuring the law enforcement vehicles descending on the area.
“They have built a barricade with their squad cars and State Troopers,” he added. “The National Guard is working with them to secure the border.”
Earlier on Saturday, the Department of Public Safety also released a series of photos taken from their drone from the ground to say that they remain on the scene to monitor the border crisis in Del Rio, where the federal government has failed to secure.
Gov. Abbott’s team is responding to the crisis as more than ten thousand illegal aliens had flooded the area in recent days, and the Biden administration announced that they plan to send planes to return some of them to Haiti.
On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is “implementing a new, comprehensive strategy” to address the 12,000 people who have crossed the border this past week, roughly half of whom are believed to be Haitians, Washington Examiner reported.
The six-pronged approach includes surging 400 Customs and Border Protection agents and officers to Del Rio, coordinating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard to relocate migrants to other processing centers, increasing the capacity of removal flights, working with nearby countries to repatriate their citizens and lawful residents, increasing humanitarian aid to prevent crowding, and coordinating with officials to ensure returnees receive support.
“The Biden Administration has reiterated that our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion,” DHS said. “Irregular migration poses a significant threat to the health and welfare of border communities and to the lives of migrants themselves, and should not be attempted.”
Washington Examiner cited one official saying that the Haitian migrants would be sent home on five to eight flights per day.
The border crisis has no signs of improvement as the U.S. Customs, and Border Protection reported nearly 209,000 encounters along the southern border last month, four times higher than August 2020 and marking the highest in 21 years.