A “surge” of 400 Border Patrol agents will be sent to Del Rio, Texas in a bid to restore order, the US Department of Homeland Security said, as the number of Haitian migrants gathering under a bridge ballooned to 14,000.
The agents are expected to arrive between the next 24 to 48 hours, the agency said in a Saturday news statement.
“If additional staff is needed, more will be sent,” DHS said. “The Del Rio Port of Entry has temporarily closed, and traffic is being re-routed from Del Rio to Eagle Pass to more effectively manage resources and ensure uninterrupted flow of trade and travel.”
The agency also said they were relocating people from Del Rio to “other processing locations” in advance of deportation, and that 2,000 migrants were moved yesterday.
The Biden administration has promised to swiftly ramp up the deportation of Haitians beginning on Sunday — with five to eight flights a day planned.
“DHS will secure additional transportation to accelerate the pace and increase the capacity of removal flights to Haiti and other destinations in the hemisphere within the next 72 hours,” Marsha Espinosa, a spokeswoman for the department told the Washington Post.