Photos Show Scale of Texas Response to Border Crisis in Del Rio

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, speaks during a news conference 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)
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DEL RIO, Texas — Photos and video show the massive effort being executed by the State of Texas to stop or reduce the record-setting border crossings taking place in the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector. The sector rose to the second busiest along the southern border in recent months and garnered national attention.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw briefs Governor Greg Abbott and other officials on efforts to secure the border. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw briefs Governor Greg Abbott and other officials on efforts to secure the border. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

The crossing of Haitian migrants into the Del Rio Sector is nothing new. In July 2019, Breitbart Texas reported that more than 1,000 Haitian migrants crossed into the sector during a two-week period in June. Nearly one year ago, federal officials reported a another surge of Haitians.

Thousands of mostly Haitian migrants crossed the border from Mexico into the Del Rio migrant camp. (Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Thousands of mostly Haitian migrants crossed the border from Mexico into the Del Rio migrant camp. (Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

In January 2021, the sector began seeing increasing numbers of Haitian migrants, leading Border Patrol to detain subjects under the Del Rio International Bridge.

New border barriers built by the State of Texas along the Rio Grande near Del Rio. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

New border barriers built by the State of Texas along the Rio Grande near Del Rio. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the growing border crisis by declaring that the State would build its own border wall.

Texas National Guardsmen arrive at border near Del Rio migrant camp. (Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

Texas National Guardsmen arrive at the border near the Del Rio migrant camp. (Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas)

As the numbers of Haitian migrants being detained in the makeshift camp under the Del Rio International Bridge grew to more than 15,000, Abbott ordered the deployment of DPS troopers and National Guardsmen to block their flow across the Rio Grande.

Texas DPS troopers secure the entrance to the closed Del Rio International Bridge. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

Texas DPS troopers secure the entrance to the closed Del Rio International Bridge. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

The governor’s deployment of Texas law enforcement officers and guardsmen effectively stopped the free-flow of migrants from Ciudad Acuna to the encampment. DPS officials told Breitbart there are currently 650 vehicles deployed in the Del Rio area.

Dozens of Texas DPS Highway Patrol vehicles line up to stop the flow of migrants into the makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas. (Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety)

Dozens of Texas DPS Highway Patrol vehicles line up to stop the flow of migrants into the makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas. (Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety)

Breitbart Texas spoke with troopers and members of the National Guard who provided additional security at the camp. They expressed shock at the conditions of the camp.

Texas National Guardsmen and DPS troopers assist Border Patrol in securing entrance to Del Rio Migrant Camp. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

Texas National Guardsmen and DPS troopers assist Border Patrol in securing entrance to Del Rio Migrant Camp. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)

On Tuesday evening, Breitbart Texas witnessed a steady flow of Texas DPS troopers driving into the Del Rio area.

Photo: Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas

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 contributed photos to this article.

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