The camp underneath the Del Rio International Bridge along the southern border is now completely clear less than a week after 15,000 migrants were camped there waiting for processing.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the news on Friday during the White House’s daily press briefing, insisting the massive influx was “the result of an unprecedented movement.”
“As of this morning, there are no longer any migrants in the camp underneath the Del Rio International Bridge,” he said.
Since Sept. 9, Border Patrol officials in Del Rio encountered nearly 30,000 migrants, many of which hailed from Haiti, Mayorkas said, with the highest number at one time being around 15,000.
Out of the migrants apprehended, approximately 2,000 have been returned to Haiti on deportation flights, around 8,000 returned to Mexico voluntarily, and over 5,000 are being processed DHS to determine whether they will be deported under the CDC’s Title 42 order or “placed into removal proceedings,” meaning they have been given a notice to appear at an immigration office within the next 60 days.
As the department continues to process these individuals, DHS is also investigating multiple federal agents who were pictured using horses to keep Haitian migrants from entering the US. The agents have been accused of whipping the migrants, and have been placed on administrative duty as a result even though there is no hard evidence of such that has been produced.
The images of the situation drew immediate and harsh backlash from Democrats after they emerged this week.
On Friday, President Biden said the federal agents involved “will pay” for their actions.
“It was horrible what you see, what you saw — to see people treated like they did, with horses barely running them over and people being strapped. It’s outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay,” Biden said at the White House in response to a reporter’s question.
“There’s an investigation underway now and there will be consequences. There will be consequences. It’s an embarrassment. It’s beyond an embarrassment. It’s dangerous. It’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world. It sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”