Updated 4:13 PM ET, Sat September 18, 2021
Thousands of migrants have crowded a makeshift camp under a bridge near the Texas border city of Del Rio.
The migrants, including mothers with young children, are part of what the Biden administration says is an unprecedented number of unauthorized crossings at the US southern border.
The number of migrants gathered under the Del Rio International Bridge to await processing by immigration agents swelled from roughly 400 one week ago to more than 14,000 on Saturday.
Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano has asked the Biden administration for additional resources and manpower, saying that it could take weeks to process the migrants now amassed at the border. The US Border Patrol said it was boosting the number of agents in the area to “immediately address the current level of migrant encounters and to facilitate a safe, humane and orderly process.”
The southern border has seen a surge in migration that US government officials say is overwhelming processing facilities. Many migrants say they are fleeing deteriorating conditions in their home countries. A large number of the migrants are from Haiti, which is still reeling from a major earthquake that left more than 2,000 people dead and thousands more injured, as well as from the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July.