A surge in migration at the U.S.-Mexico border is again causing issues for federal authorities and local officials in Texas.
Border Patrol officials told The Washington Post and The New York Times that thousands of migrants, largely from Haiti, made it across the Rio Grande this week. Agents were working quickly to process them all, but officials told the news outlets there were significant delays.
More than 9,000 migrants were being held in a temporary staging area under the Del Rio International Bridge on Thursday as agents worked to process them all, according to the news outlets. Authorities believe thousands more are set to cross into the Del Rio community in the coming days.
There was confusion Thursday after the Texas Department of Public Safety’s South Texas regional director, Victor Escalon, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said state agencies were asked by the federal government to assist in closing the Del Rio Port of Entry, the location of the recent influx of Haitian migrants.
Abbott said the Biden administration reversed the decision hours later.
But according to the Texas Tribune, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson denied they ever gave such an order.
Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings in the meantime. [SEE The Ful Article]