U.S. Flies Thousands of Haitian Migrants Back from Texas Border City

United States authorities have flown back thousands of migrants in the last two days out of a Texas border city where an influx of mostly Haitian migrants had gathered under a bridge.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said at a press conference in Del Rio, Texas on Sept. 19 that authorities have moved 3,300 migrants from a makeshift camp under a bridge connecting the Texas city to Mexico’s Ciudad Acuña to planes or detention centers.

“Over the next six to seven days, our goal is to process the 12,662 migrants that we have underneath that bridge as quickly as we possibly can,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz also said that the U.S. was working with home nations or countries that the migrants had transited to get them to accept their return.

Earlier, the border patrol uploaded photos on Facebook showing the thousands of migrants underneath the bridge and a white bus.

“Del Rio Sector is working with our federal, state, and local partners for additional resources to address the current level of migrant encounters at the Del Rio International Bridge. This will help facilitate a safe, humane, and orderly process for migrants, agents, and the community,” the border patrol said in the Facebook post.

An emergency public health order known as Title 42 allows authorities to quickly expel most migrants before they can claim asylum. The order was issued under the administration of former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden has kept the rule in place with the exemptions of unaccompanied minors.

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