The United States reopened a border crossing in Texas on Saturday after closing it as thousands of illegal immigrants flocked to the area.
The immigrants crossed the Rio Grande River and entered Del Rio, a small border town in Texas. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), about 30,000 were encountered between September 9 and September 24. Officials told The Epoch Times that local resources, including a high number of health care facilities, were severely damaged.
In response to the crisis, DHS closed the Del Rio Port of Entry, which is accessed via the International Bridge. There were many immigrants in a camp under the bridge, although it was completely evacuated on Friday.
Customs and Border Protection said the reopening was due to immigrants being processed in the country, moved elsewhere or deported. The agency said in a statement that public safety has been “restored” and immigrant flows have been reduced to “manageable levels”.
Traffic was allowed from 4 pm local time. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that cargo traffic would resume from Monday morning.
The port of entry, which is usually open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, was closed on 17 September. Traffic was rerouted to the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, approximately 60 miles southeast.
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano, a Democrat, told reporters Friday, the toll alone caused about $17,000 in damages.
Another $35 million was lost per day in traded goods that normally cross the border in either direction.
Del Rio officials are still assessing the actual damage “but I can tell you it’s been a huge toll on businesses,” Lozano said, forcing some workers to add hours to their commute because of the closures. Had to be
According to DHS Secretary Alejandro Meyercas, about 12,400 illegal immigrants encountered by US agents since September 9 were released into the US interior with notices to appear in court or at a federal government office. Only 2,000 have been deported. Others are being processed in various US border areas or voluntarily returned to Mexico.
Under President Joe Biden, illegal immigration has exploded. Some immigration experts say dramatic changes in policy, such as no longer evacuating illegal immigrant children without a responsible adult, have led to the leap. Biden administration officials have defended the overhaul, alleging that the Trump-era system was “brutal” and needed to be changed. He has said that it will take time to implement this change.
“We have a three-part plan: We invest in the root causes of meeting the need—to address the reason why people leave their homes and take a dangerous journey they shouldn’t take.” Second, the creation of safe, orderly and humane routes. And third, the reconstruction of an asylum system and a refugee program that had been destroyed in the prior administration,” Meyerkas said.
“It takes time, and we are executing our plans,” he said.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times