As migrants continue to flood the U.S.–Mexico border, the Biden administration is taking an unprecedented step in an effort to stem the flow.
The Washington Examiner reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that it would be shutting down the Del Rio Port of Entry, located in Texas, for the time being.
The CBP Office of Trade announced the closure in a tweet Friday afternoon.
“Effective immediately, [CBP] will temporarily close and re-route traffic from the Port of Del Rio to the Port of Eagle Pass to manage resources more effectively and to ensure uninterrupted flow of trade and travel,” the announcement read.
The agency said the “temporary closure” would help it better respond to “urgent safety and security needs” at the border.
“This temporary closure and shift is necessary in order for CBP to respond to urgent safety and security needs presented by an influx of migrants into Del Rio and is effective immediately,” the CBP said. “It will advance and protect national interests and help ensure the safety of the traveling public, commercial traffic, and CBP employees and facilities.”
What’s going on?
The Washington Examiner reported that, as of Friday morning, some 12,000 migrants had been camping under the U.S. side of the bridge that connects Mexico to Del Rio. The migrants were said to have illegally crossed the border, which required them to wade through the water before making a short walk to the bridge.
Reports indicate that more illegal crossings continued throughout the day. This particular area is a known hot spot for illegal crossings, with 1,000 or more per day being somewhat routine.
This latest surge began earlier this week, and as the week went on, more and more migrants gathered underneath the U.S. side of the bridge.
Reports explain that these migrants wait under the bridge until border officials arrive, at which point they surrender and are taken to a federal holding station to be processed. Once processed, they are often released into the United States.
Out of control
The situation has gotten so out of control that the Biden administration has now been forced to take the unprecedented step of shutting down the Del Rio Port of Entry in order to deal with it all.
Some reports have indicated that the Biden administration has even had to divert resources from other areas in hopes of getting a grip on the latest crisis. Thus far, they’ve been falling far short.