President Joe Biden faces renewed political pressure over arrivals at the southern border of the United States, as an estimated 12,000 Haitians await treatment in an encampment under a bridge in Del Rio.

Democratic lawmakers have urged the president to end the evictions, even as officials voice concerns about the rising numbers. But the Ministry of Internal Security announced on Saturday that it would begin to deport some of the Haitian migrants as part of a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with the crisis.

“The Biden administration reiterated that our borders are not open and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including deportation,” DHS said in his Saturday announcement. “Irregular migration poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of border communities and to the lives of migrants themselves, and should not be attempted.”

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On Friday evening, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Commerce took the unusual step of closing the Del Rio Port of Entry, not allowing traffic to the northern United States or south to the Mexico, to stem the tide.

“President Biden, for reference, 10,503 people make up almost a third of the population of Del Rio, Texas,” Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano, a Democrat, said. tweeted Last week. By Friday, the total had risen by several thousand more.

Lozano had urged the White House to intervene.

In a tweet directed to Biden on Friday, the mayor asked, “Have you ever been briefed on the ongoing crisis?”

Deportation thefts are expected to increase, according to internal documents reviewed by NBC News.

Asked about it, a White House official told the Washington Examiner the DHS statement was forthcoming. The official declined to say whether Biden had been made aware of the crisis.

The Democrats’ response is likely to pose a challenge as the president grapples with the scale of the crisis.

Led by Representatives Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Nydia Velázquez of California, more than 50 Democratic lawmakers have called for a “permanent stop” to deportations to Haiti in a letter to the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.

“The ability of the Haitian government to receive its citizens safely will take months, if not years, to secure,” the letter said.

Haiti is still reeling from an earthquake that left more than 2,000 dead and thousands injured, as well as the assassination of its late president Jovenel Moise in July.

Authorities say most Haitians in Del Rio are not recent arrivals but have migrated from Central and South America, where they spent several years. More than 29,000 Haitians have arrived in the past 11 months, according to data from Customs and Border Protection.

Arrests of migrants at the southern border have risen sharply since Biden took office in January, with thousands arriving each month from Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. More than 208,887 people were apprehended in August, according to CBP data.

The administration is committed to tackling the numbers by speeding up processing, advancing court hearings and targeting why officials are responsible for leaving people from their home countries.

Last month, the White House shared a five-pillar plan to tackle the “root causes” of migration and Biden previously tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with handling the diplomacy guiding the effort.

But experts at the time said it would do little to stem the immediate outbreak. It also does not target migration from more distant countries. This number has also increased. In August, around 3 in 10 people arrested at the southern border came from countries other than Mexico and the Northern Triangle.

Recent polls show voters are concerned about Biden’s handling of immigration. In a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies this month, this was particularly acute among voters 65 and older. When asked to choose their top concern from a basket that included significant federal spending, withdrawal from Afghanistan, COVID-19, the border with Mexico, or none of these, most chose the 40% border.

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Congressional Democrats, with Biden backing, plan to include provisions providing legal status to most undocumented immigrants already in the country – including a path to citizenship – in their 3 reconciliation bill. 500 billion dollars. Some Republicans argue that such immigration policies encourage the influx of migrants.

The Biden administration also expects to resettle around 95,000 Afghan refugees to the country by the end of the month, another hurdle the administration has overcome in recent weeks.

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