US Closing Parts of Texas Border

Some Haitian migrants are being flown back home.

Parts of the Texas border have been closed to block Haitian migrants from entering the country through Mexico. In efforts to slow the flow of migrants entering Del Rio, Texas, the U.S. closed off a stretch of the border Sunday. This comes after thousands of Haitian refugees set up camp in the region. There are an estimated 14,000 migrants—not all from Haiti—under the international bridge at Del Rio.

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz reported more than 3,000 immigrants had been removed from the camp and predicted the remaining 12,000 could be gone within the week.

The U.S. flew some Haitians camped there back to their homeland Sunday and are trying to block others from crossing the border in a massive show of force that signaled the beginning of what could be one of America’s swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants or refugees in decades. More than 320 migrants arrived in Port-au-Prince on three flights, and Haiti said six flights were expected Tuesday. Beginning on Wednesday, the U.S. plans seven flights a day, four to Port-au-Prince and three to Cap-Haïtien. Flights will depart from San Antonio, but authorities may add El Paso as a departure point.

In addition to Haitians, there are people under the bridge who have come from Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. They are hoping for asylum claims to be processed. Thousands more migrants are waiting in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For border patrol agents as they work to process migrants.
  • For officials in the Homeland Security Department as they choose who will be deported and who will be allowed into the interior of the country.
  • For the tens of thousands of migrants camping under the international bridge in hot and inhumane conditions.

Sources: One America News, NPR


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