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Texas Mayor Urges Biden to Address Massive Migrant Camp Forming under Local Bridge

Migrants stand by the International Bridge between Mexico and the U.S., in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., September 16, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken September 16, 2021. OFFICE OF U.S. CONGRESSMAN TONY GONZALES (TX-23)/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. (Office of U.S. Congressman Tony Gonzales/via Reuters)

Del Rio, Texas, mayor Bruno Lozano, a Democrat, has called on the Biden administration to address the crisis created by the more than 10,000 migrants waiting under a highway bridge to be processed by Border Patrol agents.

Lozano wrote on Twitter that there were 10,503 migrants camped under the Del Rio international bridge, which leads to the border crossing with Mexico, as of 6:45 p.m. on Thursday. That number was up from 8,200 the same morning.

“President Biden, have you been briefed on the ongoing crisis yet?” Lozano wrote. “For reference, 10,503 people is inching close to 1/3 of the population of Del Rio, Texas.”

 

Lozano posted a video near the bridge in which he said Border Patrol agents were “overwhelmed” by the situation, alleging that open border presented a “terrorism” threat:

Migrants at the bridge have crossed back into Mexico in order to buy food to take back to the American side of the border. Footage from Washington Post reporter Arelis Hernandez showed migrants crossing the Rio Grande from the Mexican side in Ciudad Acuña:

“I see brave people who instead of being trapped by conformity chose to find a better life,” Wendy Guillaumetre, 31, told the Post. Guillaumetre, originally from Haiti, lived in Chile for four years before deciding to take his wife and three-year-old daughter to the U.S.

Representative Tony Gonzales (R., Texas), whose district includes Del Rio, said the camp under the international bridge “is as bad as I’ve ever seen it, and I’m not taking that lightly,” in comments to Fox News.

“When you see the amount of people and how chaotic it is and how there is literally no border, folks are coming to and from Mexico with ease, its gut wrenching and its dangerous,” Gonzales said.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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