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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Thousands of illegal immigrants gathered under the bridge in Texas

Del Rio, Texas – Thousands of illegal immigrants, mainly from Haiti, gathered under a bridge in Texas, waiting to surrender to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The immigrants were scattered on a patch of soil, and many people were sitting or lying on blankets. The others are standing, chatting with their companions.

A Border Patrol source told The Epoch Times that there are approximately 8,000 illegal immigrants in the area, including nationals from Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela.

Sources said that this number increased by about 2,000 people overnight.

Other immigrants are heading to Del Rio through Mexico.

It is unclear why they chose Del Rio, although immigration patterns indicate that people from certain countries prefer the route to the United States. Haitians in particular often choose to cross the Rio Grande River to enter the border town of Texas.

A spokesperson for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told The Epoch Times in an email this week that these immigrants are waiting in the area to surrender to U.S. border agents, who will transport them to border patrol facilities for reception and processing.

Due to the influx of aliens, US officials installed drinking water, towels and mobile toilets under the bridge, causing many people to gather there.

Due to the continuous increase in the number of immigrants, the spokesperson did not answer the phone on Thursday, nor did he reply to voice mail or e-mail.

“This is completely predictable, because Biden is basically inviting illegal immigrants,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Epoch Times. Immigration system.

“This seems to be an extreme example that we have been seeing since January 20, where illegal immigrants accept Biden’s offer that if they manage to enter the United States, they will be released,” he added.

After President Joe Biden took office, he quickly reformed the American immigration system, ending the construction of the border wall and a plan that forced many asylum seekers to wait in Mexico.

Biden administration officials also stopped using the Title 42 authority established by the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic to expel unaccompanied minors or illegal immigrant children.

In recent months, as the Democratic Party has pressured Biden to terminate his power, the use of Article 42 has decreased. In August, officials only applied it to 44% of illegal immigrants encounters.

The decline in federal immigration enforcement prompted Texas authorities to fill this gap. State and local law enforcement agencies have stepped up enforcement of illegal immigrants, including in Del Rio. As local conditions deteriorated, the mayor pleaded with Biden to stop releasing illegal immigrants.

“This has transcended the crisis. This is urgent. This is terrible,” Bruno Lozano, the mayor of the city’s Democratic Party, told KSAT-TV on Wednesday.

The mayor pointed out that in February he asked the Biden government to take action to curb the surge in illegal immigration. “I’m still waiting for the action plan,” he said.

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It is illegal to cross the border into the United States without proper documentation, but immigrants can apply for asylum after entering, or they will be afraid of persecution if they return to their home country. If they do, they will usually be released to the United States. If they do not, they will proceed in accordance with Article 8 or federal law, and will usually be given a court date or be told to appear at the immigration and customs enforcement office on a certain day. Most will not appear in the end.

On September 16, 2021, thousands of illegal immigrants gathered in Del Rio, Texas. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

A CBP spokesperson told The Epoch Times, “The vast majority of single adults and many families will continue to be deported under CDC’s Title 42 powers, and those who cannot be deported under Title 42 without a legal basis will be deported. According to the article 8 authorization processing.”

There are indications that some single adults are allowed to stay in the country, especially those foreigners who have been granted special protection types called temporary protection status by the US authorities.

A Haitian man, a single man Mixed with about 350 other illegal immigrants Entered Del Rio from Mexico in July, and was interviewed by The Epoch Times after entering the United States. About a month later, he texted that he had arrived in Boston and everything was fine.

Eduardo, a Cuban man in his 20s, told the Epoch Times at a gas station in Del Rio this week that he was waiting for his parents in Houston to pick him up. He said he traveled from Panama through Central America and then through Mexico to Del Río, mostly on foot.

“Cuba has no freedom,” said Eduardo, who was also not expelled.

The United States recorded the arrest of more than 200,000 illegal immigrants at the border in August, one of the highest months on record. Under the leadership of the Biden administration, the country will set a new record for the highest financial year experience and the highest experience ever.

Jason Jones, CEO of Omni Intelligence, told The Epoch Times that the government should be aware of the large number of immigrants now in Del Rio.

Jones, the former intelligence and counter-terrorism captain of the Texas Department of Public Security, who has worked closely with the Border Patrol, said that U.S. intelligence plans to monitor Central America to detect the formation of large groups.

“No one in the federal government has admitted to what is about to happen, saying that this is happening, and they have not taken any measures to alleviate the situation because it should be stopped. This is a caravan that has never stopped,” he said.

“To me, this is just a further test of the degree of failure of the current government leadership.”

Charlotte Cusbertson

Charlotte Cusbertson

Senior reporter

Charlotte Cuthbertson is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times, covering border security and the opioid crisis.

Zachary Steiber

Zachary Stieber reports on U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started working as a reporter for the New York City subway in The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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