Migrant Camp Drops to 9100 After Texas Closes Border Crossing in Del Rio

Texas Department of Safety vehicles are seen along the Rio Grande, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

DEL RIO, Texas — The population of the migrant camp under the local international bridge fell to just over 9,100 after Texas DPS troopers and National Guardsmen effectively closed border crossing points from Mexico. State officials told Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday they have effectively closed the crossings near the migrant camp.

Texas Department of Public Safety Southern Region Director Victor Escalon told Governor Abbott the efforts by troopers and National Guardsmen stopped the flow of migrants across the Rio Grande into Del Rio. This enabled the Department of Homeland Security to remove enough migrants to decrease the population of the migrant camp under the international bridge.

Texas Department of Public Safety Southern Region Director Victor Escalon, Director Steve McCraw, Texas National Guard Adjutant General Tracy Norris, and National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd brief Texas Governor Greg Abbott, House Speaker Dade Phelan and a delegation of state representatives on the current conditions in Del Rio. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

Texas Department of Public Safety Southern Region Director Victor Escalon, Director Steve McCraw, Texas National Guard Adjutant General Tracy Norris, and National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd brief Texas Governor Greg Abbott, House Speaker Dade Phelan, and a delegation of state representatives on the current conditions in Del Rio. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

Escalon said the population is currently estimated to be 9,137 as of Tuesday morning. This consists of approximately 6,728 family units, 1,579 single adult males, 493 single adult females, and 337 males with a pregnant spouse.

Escalon told the governor his deployment of resources secured the weir dam that was the scene of the massive crossings that brought the camp’s population to more than 15,000 over the weekend. Troopers and guardsmen also secured the upriver portions of the Rio Grande west of Del Rio.

The next move, the director said, was for troopers to shut down crossings downstream from the encampment.

On Sunday, U.S. and Mexican officials began removal flights of Haitian migrants, Breitbart Texas reported.

DHS officials told Breitbart Texas on Tuesday morning that their agency conducted three repatriation flights from Del Rio to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sunday. Those flights, carried out under Title 42 coronavirus protection protocols implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Trump administration, removed a total of 327 Haitian nationals.

On Monday, two more repatriation flights moved 233 additional migrants to Haiti.

Of those, officials said 102 of Sunday’s removals were family members. Monday’s flights included 128 family unit members.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd briefs Texas Governor Greg Abbott on currently conditions inside the Del Rio migrant encampment. (Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd briefs Texas Governor Greg Abbott on current conditions inside the Del Rio migrant encampment. (Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd credited the State of Texas for effectively shutting down the free-flowing border crossings of the mostly Haitian migrants that drew national attention last week and over the weekend. He said DPS troopers and members of the Texas National Guard vastly outnumbered Border Patrol agents deployed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol.  Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine Border Patrol Stations within the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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