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Written by on September 21, 2021

For nearly three weeks, greater than 14,500 refugees – most from Haiti – have crossed the U.S.-Mexican border, ballooning the inhabitants of a West Texas city. 

Many of the refugees have taken shelter below the Del Rio Worldwide Bridge, which hyperlinks Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, with Del Rio, Texas, a city of 35,000 individuals practically 150 miles west of San Antonio.

The bridge has provided little reduction to the quickly increasing group of refugees: Temperatures have been within the excessive 90s, meals and water are troublesome to entry, and a few trash piles are 10 ft large.

A have a look at the refugees’ encampment from satellite tv for pc photos captured by Maxar Applied sciences.

The camp has grown exponentially previously week from 400 individuals to greater than 14,500. Most of the refugees arrived in Del Rio by wading throughout the Rio Grande close to the bridge. 

The scenario got here to a head previously two days as U.S. and Mexican authorities clamped down on border crossings and stated they’d return the refugees to Haiti.

Unlawful border crossings have risen since President Joe Biden got here to workplace in January, but it surely’s not clear what sparked the frenzy to Del Rio and the speedy growth of the encampment. 

Many residents left Haiti within the wake of a devastating earthquake in 2010 and lived in South America for years. As jobs from the 2016 Summer season Olympics in Rio de Janeiro vanished, many traveled by foot, bus and automobile to the U.S. border.

Some Haitians on the camp lived in Mexican cities on the U.S. border, others arrived lately after being caught close to Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, stated Nicole Phillips, authorized director for the advocacy group Haitian Bridge Alliance. Many waited in camps in Mexico earlier than deciding whether or not to cross the border.

Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg and Martha Pskowski

8:54 pm UTC Sep. 20, 2021

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