Around 300 migrants reportedly tried to push through a gate at the southern border wall near Del Rio, Texas, and were immediately apprehended by border officials Monday, video shows.
Some of the migrants traveling with the group as family units were allowed entry while single adult men tried to push their way through despite orders from law enforcement officials to get back, according to Fox News. The group of migrants complied with official orders to move back as law enforcement officials worked to transport the migrants to processing facilities over the course of several hours, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation Monday.
“U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector, in coordination with law enforcement partners, encountered over 300 undocumented migrants near Del Rio, Texas,” a CBP spokesperson told the DCNF. “These 300 plus people began as several smaller groups that congregated together to surrender themselves to law enforcement near the river.”
“The group consisted of unaccompanied juveniles, single adults, family units, and pregnant women from several countries to include Cuba, Venezuela, and Haiti,” the spokesperson added. “The group has been moved by U.S. Border Patrol agents to processing facilities across the sector.”
NEW: Getting a bit hectic here in Del Rio. Massive group of 300+ migrants wants to be let into the US. Some migrant families being let through, but adult men try to force their way through the gate. BP and troopers have to yell at them to get back. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/7E4KIHmNVs
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 19, 2021
Most of the migrants were allowed to enter the U.S., including most of the single adult men, and were taken into custody, according to Fox News. Around 200 migrants were transported from the area in busses as more migrants arrived.
A Border Patrol agent reportedly told Fox News the group was the biggest he’s seen in the region and that he was thankful state troopers from Florida and Nebraska were there to help Texas law enforcement officials.
Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts sent around 25 state troopers to Del Rio, Texas, to assist Texas law enforcement officers for around two weeks on June 21, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
“The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris Administration created an immigration crisis on the border,” Ricketts said in a statement. “While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”
CBP officials have encountered more than 900,000 migrants at the southern border since January, according to the agency. Officials encountered nearly 190,000 migrants at the border in June, and nearly 30,000 of those apprehended were in the Del Rio Sector.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information from Customs and Border Protection.
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