The campsite in Del Rio, Texas, has been cleared, according to DHS Secretary Mayorkas.
Thousands of largely Haitian migrants have been cleared from beneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
2,000 persons were deported to Haiti, 8,000 voluntarily traveled to Mexico, and 5,000 were placed in immigration removal procedures after being taken from the improvised camp in south Texas.
During a White House press briefing, Mayorkas said, “We have no migrants remaining in the camp under the International Bridge today.” “Migrants are still being deported under the jurisdiction of the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] Title 42.
“Title 42 is a public health authority, not an immigration policy, and it is vital to remember that Title 42 applies to all irregular movement and has done so in the past.”
Former President Donald Trump signed Title 42 into law in March 2020, with the stated goal of preventing persons who cross the border illegally from spreading COVID-19. Following a policy adjustment in February, unaccompanied adolescents are no longer expelled under Title 42.
Last month, the CDC, under President Joe Biden’s leadership, prolonged the policy, with the intention of reviewing it every 60 days.
The Biden administration has been chastised for its treatment of the Del Rio encampment, where thousands of migrants camped for more than a week under or near the International Bridge.
Border Patrol agents on horseback were recorded on film and in images charging towards migrants across the Rio Grande in one incident. In response to the criticism, Border Patrol temporarily suspended the use of horses, according to the White House.
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