DEL RIO, Texas — A CBP law enforcement source speaking on the condition of anonymity notes this small border city currently leads the nation in Haitian migrant apprehensions after they illegally enter the United States. Since May 22, Border Patrol has stopped more than 1,800 after crossing the Rio Grande.
Nationwide and during the same time frame, Border Patrol apprehended roughly 2,600 Haitians. Del Rio accounts for 70 percent of the total.
The CBP source says the increase became more noticeable after DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the eligibility of Haitians for Temporary Protected Status on May 22:
Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. After careful consideration, we determined that we must do what we can to support Haitian nationals in the United States