이상으로 14,000 migrants camped out under the international bridge in 강에서, 그만큼 국토 보안 부서 (DHS) 지난 주에 수백 명의 관세국경보호청(Customs and Border Protection)이 급증했습니다. (CBP) law enforcement to the bridge to process migrants as part of a strategy that included increasing deportation flights.
That move included closing the port of entry, as well as other border checkpoints in Del Rio – checkpoints that allow CBP to apprehend illicit cargo and illegal migrants — in order to try and regain control at the bridge.
브랜든 저드, head of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union representing Border Patrol agents, 폭스 뉴스에 말했다 last week CBP was told months ago that the Del Rio bridge was a weak point.
“Now we do not have that secondary protection, we don’t have that strategy and depth, and the agency made this decision because they failed to prepare for what was coming,” 그는 말했다.
CBP sources told Fox News this week that 224 miles of the Rio Grande river border have been left unpatrolled as a consequence. A Border Patrol source told Fox that the surge in resources meant not only fewer boats along the border, but also fewer agents patrolling the border on horseback.
The horseback Border Patrol have, 하나, come under fire for pushing back migrants at the bridge, amid false claims that they were using “채찍” to push them back. An investigation is currently underway.
그 동안에, migrants were being diverted laterally across the border to other processing stations — including those already dealing with the migrant surge more generally and that are already overwhelmed.
Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (빙) director Thomas Homan said on “여우 & 친구” that the move had left the border “unguarded.”
“There’s no operational control,” 그는 말했다. “When you surge resources to the RGV in the Del Rio Sector that leaves two hundred and twenty four miles of border unguarded.”
” I’ve seen the assignment sheets, two hundred and twenty four miles of southern border. We’re unguarded because you had to surge resources to these other areas that got operational security,” 그는 말했다.
One source told Fox News that it makes it easier for Haitians and other migrants to cross other parts of the border, which the source predicted they would do once word spread that the border is not being patrolled.
그 동안에, local law enforcement have been taking matters into their own hands. 텍사스 주지사. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that Texas Department of Public Safety had created a barrier of vehicles to turn back migrants.
“They have created a steel barrier preventing people from being able to cross the border,” 애보트 said at a press conference.
“One day there were countless people coming across the border, then the very same day the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) put up all these DPS vehicles, and suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location. That strategy is working.”