DEL RIO, Texas – Border patrol officers in Del Rio have apprehended more than 250 migrants crossing the Rio Grande in a single group. The group, according to a source within Customs and Border Protection (CBP), crossed the river to the United States on Sunday near the Del Rio International Bridge, where more than 15,000 migrants, mostly Haitians, were being held in a makeshift detention camp in September.
The source said the migrants’ nationalities were a mix of mainly Venezuelan and Cuban migrants. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said nearly 300 migrants are being held at the port of entry awaiting transport to neighboring border patrol stations in the region.
As Breitbart Texas reported, the area that once housed nearly 15,000 migrants under the international bridge was again being used to house migrants while awaiting transport in early November. The overcrowding of border patrol posts in the area is one of the factors preventing the border patrol from rapidly transporting migrants from border crossing points.
The overflow transit zone came to the attention of the international community in September as authorities detained thousands of migrants, mostly Haitians, in the outer facility in unsanitary conditions. During this crisis, migrants were held outside in self-built cardboard and thatch huts for several weeks.
These migrants will eventually be expelled from the area and treated for deportation according to the source. Although some single adult migrants are part of the group, family units with young children will likely be released in communities surrounding Del Rio, according to the source. In what is emerging as a revolving door process, several buses from local border patrol stations on Sunday released hundreds of migrants to a non-government shelter in Eagle Pass.
According to CBP reports, the Del Rio area ranks second in the country for migrant apprehensions, only behind the Rio Grande Valley area. The apprehension of many large groups of migrants in the Del Rio area has recently compounded the logistical challenges the agency is currently facing.
Recently, in a single event, a group of nearly 200 migrants mostly from Central America crossed the Rio Grande near Normandy, Texas, just thirty miles from Del Rio. According to the source, a large portion of the population held at the border patrol posts in Del Rio are single adult migrants. The border patrol relies on the ICE to find suitable and longer-term detention spaces for single adult migrants and is also a complicating factor that adds to the overcrowding in temporary treatment centers.
Randy Clark is a 32 year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he was Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine border patrol stations in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.