Why the Huge Illegal Alien Camp Formed in Del Rio
A surprising explanation from the migrants
To find the answer, this writer came to Ciudad Acuna, the city through which the migrants had passed to form the encampment and asked several dozen of them what happened.
The surprising answer, which the migrants provided independently in different places and at different times, was universal: on Sunday, September 12, the Mexican government effectively sent a mass of migrants it had bottled up for months in its southern states up to the American border. This move, which appears to have been done under the cover of Mexico's independence week of celebration known as El Grito
, essentially foisted a humanitarian problem onto the Americans in a single week........................
A nonstop cavalcade of buses on the Mexico side and now on the Del Rio side
The migrant interviews comport with the arrivals of bus after bus here in Acuna, about every 15 minutes all day long every day for a week, local business owners said. At the main city station, CIS witnessed buses pull in and empty out passengers who all appeared to be migrants.
Mostly Haitians then gathered their children and belongings and headed out to the surrounding streets looking for taxi cabs to the river a mile or two away. Every migrant that CIS spoke to said they had just come from the Tapachula area.
Several said they would not stay in town at all but would go immediately to the main river crossing, which CIS found thronged by thousands of migrants coming and going, freely, via a barely submerged cement water-control dam that led to the Texas side.
At the Texas camp, as CIS has reported
, Border Patrol agents issue numbered carnival-type tickets, taking a place in a line expected to last for weeks.
Many are now boarding yet more buses inside the camp, these ones provided by DHS to take them to Border Patrol processing stations. Some may be deported. But most likely will spend a day or two until they get temporary resident permits and a date to appear at an American immigration office in the city of their choice. Then under current Biden policies for families and unaccompanied minors, a great many will be released to travel anywhere in America, boarding yet more buses to those cities and towns.
Multiple migrants in the Del Rio shantytown reported that authorities in the southern Mexican border town of Tapachula told migrants being detained there that they were free to leave in celebration of Mexican independence day.