Drone footage shot on September 19 shows mounted US border patrol officers in Del Rio, Texas, attempting to stop migrants crossing the Rio Grande and entering from Mexico.
Auden Cabello, who shot this video, told Storyful the migrants had “crossed from Del Rio to Acuna to buy food” and the officers were preventing them “from entering back into US soil.” Storyful could not independently confirm the claim, however news outlets reported instances of migrants crossing back to Mexico “to stock up on essentials they say they are not receiving on the American side.”
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott released a statement on September 20 requesting the Biden Administration issue an emergency declaration for the Lone Star State due to “the escalating crisis at the Texas-Mexico border”.
The mayor of Del Rio, Bruno Lazano, issued a local disaster declaration on September 17, while the Department of Homeland Security announced a strategy on September 18 that includes deploying 400 additional agents to Del Rio to “ensure that irregular migrants are swiftly taken into custody, processed, and removed from the United States consistent with our laws and policy.” Credit: Auden Cabello via Storyful