About ten thousand migrants, many of them Haitians, were waiting on Friday, September 17 under a bridge at the southern border of the United States to be taken care of by border guards, a crisis situation immediately exploited by the opposition to Biden.
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More than 10,500 migrants, arrived in recent days from Mexico, were Thursday evening under the Del Rio bridge, where they are camping in precarious conditions, said on Twitter the mayor of this city of Texas, Bruno Lozano.
are mainly from Haiti and arrive clandestinely (...) they are just waiting to be arrested by the border guards
" to start the procedures for authorization to stay, he explained in a video. online on Twitter. "
We need rapid action from the government,
" added the democratic councilor, stressing the health and security risks posed by this makeshift camp.
The border guards assured in a statement that they had increased their numbers to deal with the situation in a "
safe, humane and orderly
The migrants were placed in the shadow of the bridge "
to prevent heat-related illness
Drinking water, towels and portable toilets were made available to them, they explained.
"Many families" turned away
Once taken care of, "
the vast majority of adults arriving alone and many families will be turned away under a health rule
" adopted at the start of the pandemic to limit the spread of the virus, according to this press release.
A federal judge, however, ordered the government on Thursday not to return families in this context, which could complicate the task of the authorities, already faced with historic migratory flows on the border with Mexico. More than 200,000 migrants were arrested there in August, according to the latest official figures. This brings the number of illegal arrivals over one and a half million over a year, the highest in 20 years.
The Republican opposition has accused President Biden for months of having provoked a "
" by relaxing the measures of his predecessor Donald Trump, who had made the fight against illegal immigration his hobbyhorse. Thursday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz went to Del Rio to denounce "
a disaster caused by Joe Biden