DEL RIO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday evening that it was temporarily closing the Del Rio Port of Entry and re-routing traffic from Del Rio to Eagle Pass.
It comes as thousands of Haitian migrants have assembled under and around a bridge in the small Texas border town, presenting the Biden administration with a fresh and immediate challenge as it tries to manage large numbers of asylum-seekers who have been reaching U.S. soil.
Images show Haitians crossing the Rio Grande in huge groups and assembling under a bridge in Del Rio, a city of 35,000 people. Estimates are as high as 12,000.
Haitians have been migrating to the U.S. from South America for years, including many who left the Caribbean nation after a devastating earthquake in 2010.
It is unclear how so many Haitians amassed so quickly in Del Rio, but a U.S. official said the government plans to send the “massive” number of migrants from the Texas border to Haiti on flights starting Sunday.
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