‘Influx of Migrants’ Prompt Border Officials to Close Texas Bridge to All Traffic
Del Rio, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have closed the Del Rio International Bridge to all public and commercial traffic in response to the ongoing crisis there.
In a statement late Friday afternoon, CBP said the closure would be temporary in order for officials to “respond to urgent safety and security needs presented by an influx of migrants into Del Rio.”
In the last week, more than 11,000 Haitian migrants have gathered under the Del Rio International Bridge in hopes the Biden Administration will allow them to successfully claim refugee status.
Reports also indicate border officials expect an additional 10,000 migrants to arrive within days.
BREAKING!! CBP has closed the international bridge in Del Rio TX due to migrants under bridge. I’m here pic.twitter.com/z6KKQVvwX9
— Sandra Sanchez (@SandraESanchez) September 17, 2021
The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) came under intense criticism on Friday after grounding a Fox News aerial drone capturing stunning images of the worsening humanitarian crisis.
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BREAKING: Just wrapped up a helicopter ride with Texas DPS at the international bridge in Del Rio, TX. What we saw was absolutely stunning. There are at least 10,000 migrants under the bridge who crossed illegally, and a constant stream of hundreds more crossing over. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/IADqBzb3qn
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 17, 2021
However, following the backlash and threats of litigation, the FAA restored flight privileges to the cable news outlet.
“Fox News applied this morning and has received clearance to operate from now until the end of September in the restricted airspace,” the FAA said on Friday.
Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin has been covering the developing story and reports U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz flew into Del Rio, TX, this afternoon and is currently “trying to get a handle on the situation.”
A large convoy of Border Patrol buses and vehicles have just pulled into the international bridge in Del Rio. If these buses are loaded up with migrants, it’s unclear where they will be taken. Local holding facilities over capacity. BP agents here telling me they don’t know. pic.twitter.com/LCB6u9dl0a
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 18, 2021
As for the bridge closure, traffic that normally uses the Amistad Dam International Bridge and the Del Rio International Bridge will be directed 57 miles east to the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, CBP informed.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor new developments.