The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is immediately implementing a new comprehensive strategy to deal with the increase in migrant encounters in the Del Rio area in South Texas. It has six key elements.
First, within the next 24 to 48 hours, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will have dispatched 400 officers and agents to the Del Rio area to improve control of the area. If additional staff are needed, more will be sent. The Del Rio port of entry has temporarily closed and traffic is being rerouted from Del Rio to Eagle Pass to more efficiently manage resources and ensure an uninterrupted flow of commerce and travel.
Second, the US Border Patrol (USBP) is coordinating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Coast Guard to move individuals from Del Rio to other processing locations, including around 2,000 yesterday, to ensure that migrants irregular migrants are promptly detained, treated, and removed from the United States in accordance with our laws and policies.
Third, DHS will provide additional transportation to accelerate the pace and increase the capacity of return flights to Haiti and other hemispheric destinations in the next 72 hours.
Fourth, the Administration works with the countries of origin and transit in the region to accept people who previously resided in those countries.
Fifth, DHS is taking urgent humanitarian action with other concerned federal, state and local partners to reduce overcrowding and improve conditions for migrants on American soil. DHS has already taken a number of steps to ensure the safety and security of people while awaiting treatment, including making border patrol emergency medical technicians available and providing water, towels and portable toilets.
Finally, the White House has called on the appropriate US agencies to work with the Haitian government and other regional governments to provide assistance and support to returnees.
The majority of migrants continue to be deported under the authority of Title 42 of the CDC. Those who cannot be deported under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to stay will be placed in an expedited deportation procedure. DHS regularly organizes deportation and return flights to Haiti, Mexico, Ecuador and the Northern Triangle countries.
Beyond the six steps outlined above, the Biden administration reiterated that our borders are not open and people should not be making the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including deportation. 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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