Thousands of migrants are camped under a bridge in Eagle Pass, Texas – although you won’t be able to tell by watching the town’s live feed where the overflow facility is blocked by a giant black box.
The alteration is visible in live footage shared by the border town, which saw an unprecedented influx of some 4,000 migrants on Wednesday, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.
“I am aware that there are 2,000 to 4,000 (migrants) under the bridge and more are coming,” Mayor Rolando Salinas told The Post on Wednesday.
“We have also been in contact with Union Pacific (the railroad company that crosses the bridge) to make sure they are providing adequate security so they are not crossing onto the railroad tracks.”
The bridge houses an overflow facility, as the city’s only operating CBP processing facility has a capacity of only 1,000 people.
Salinas said he hoped to “evacuate the people who were under the bridge,” but he fears a new daily influx of migrants in a seemingly endless flood could result in disaster.
“But if we have another wave tomorrow, it will be Del Rio again,” he said, referring to the 2021 incident in which 15,000 Haitian immigrants camped under the bridge in Del Rio, Texas .
This latest wave is the latest in a shocking wave of migrants who have been crossing illegally into the border town for several weeks.
A separate group of 2,500 people entered Monday, in addition to about 7,200 other illegal travelers apprehended the week before, according to Salinas.
He also said last week’s massive influx – nearly 50% of the city’s 29,000 residents – has “taken a toll on our local resources, particularly our local police force and firefighters.”
The mayor continues to worry that another 4,000 to 8,000 people in several separate groups are also heading into the city.
The new emergency declaration issued by Salinas will allow Eagle Pass to apply for federal and state aid to help deal with this sudden influx.
New York Post