Regarding the Immigration Crises at the border right now, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has stated that he requested President Biden to declare an emergency situation in the state of Texas at the situation at the border.
Abbott particularly mentioned Val Verde County in a letter to the president, where Haitian migrants had set up camp in Del Rio beneath the International Bridge.
According to the governor, there were approximately 16,000 migrants in Del Rio as of Saturday.
Abbott wrote in his letter:
"Families, including infants and children, need food, water and medical supplies that the local government cannot supply, thousands of families are immobilized in 100-degree heat as their numbers continue to swell as they wait to be processed by the approximately 64 federal agents in the area. Individuals are camping in squalid conditions and bathing in muddy river water, causing great health concerns."
The governor said that the coronavirus pandemic makes the situation much more dangerous since he has gotten no clear information about whether these people have had a COVID-19 vaccine or been tested for the virus, or whether they are exposing Texans and Americans to COVID.
Del Rio has a population of just 35,000 people, according to Abbott, and the city is not prepared to manage so many refugees.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas arrived in Texas on Monday to deal with the issue in Del Rio, and the Department of Homeland Security is taking a number of measures, including increasing attempts to repatriate migrants to Haiti and other nations.
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