Trump says ‘border crisis’ turning US into ‘cesspool of humanity’ as thousands of Del Rio migrants could be released into country
In a Sunday statement, the former president blasted the “mainstream media” for “paying almost no attention” to the situation in Del Rio, predicting that the border situation will become “the greatest crisis in the history of our country,” and even oddly dubbing it a “crisis crisis.”
Illegal border crossings have surged under President Joe Biden, while reports of overwhelmed migrant facilities and catch-and-release processing tactics have made the situation a major point of criticism among his opponents.Also on rt.com US Homeland Security vows to increase ‘removal flights’ as 14,000+ migrants gather under Texas bridge
According to projections released this week, there have been 1.85 million border apprehensions this year, breaking a record of 1.64 million in 2000.
“The largest number of illegal aliens in the history of our country are pouring in by the millions. They are totally unchecked and unvetted, can do whatever they want, and go wherever they want,” Trump said, adding that “murderers, drug dealers, and criminals of all shapes and sizes” are part of this “massive migration” and, if released into the US, will continue the country’s rapid decline into a “cesspool of humanity.”
Biden has most recently faced scrutiny over images and videos being released from Del Rio, where a bridge has been reportedly used as a temporary holding area for over 14,000 migrants.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously vowed to increase evacuation flights in response to the outrage, though more than 12,000 remain at the bridge as of Sunday.
NEW: U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz says there are currently 12,600 migrants under the bridge in Del Rio. Told me single adult men will be expelled via Title 42, but most family units will be processed and released into US w/ NTA (notice to appear). @FoxNewspic.twitter.com/JhaS3YB4pX— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 19, 2021
Law enforcement have told media on the ground that, while single migrants will be removed, “family units” will be processed and released into the US with an NTA (notice to appear), a strategy many conservative activists have said is dangerous and unproductive.
Evacuation flights, however, are ongoing, according to Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lazano, who is one of numerous Texas officials to place blame for the crisis at the bridge on the president and his administration. The mayor did say on Sunday, however, that after pleading with the administration for help, he was given the chance to brief Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on the “dire situation.”
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