“As of this morning, there are now not any migrants within the camp beneath the Del Rio Worldwide Bridge,” the secretary informed reporters.
Mayorkas mentioned that as much as 30,000 individuals had been encountered in Del Rio since Sept. 9 and that as many as 15,000 had been concentrated there at one time.
Roughly 12,400 people are anticipated to have their circumstances heard by an immigration choose to determine whether or not they are going to be allowed to stay within the U.S.
One other 8,000 have chosen to return to Mexico, whereas an estimated 5,000 migrants are being processed by DHS, which can decide whether or not they are going to be deported or positioned in an immigration processing middle, Mayorkas mentioned.
“Migrants proceed to be expelled underneath the CDC’s Title 42 authority,” Mayorkas mentioned. “Title 42 is a public well being authority and never an immigration coverage.”
Democrats have pushed again on using Title 42 – first carried out underneath the Trump administration – because it permits federal officers to sidestep common immigration practices to guard in opposition to the unfold of COVID-19.
Mayorkas additionally identified that Title 42 is a coverage that “is relevant and has been relevant to all irregular migration throughout this pandemic.”
“It’s not particular to Haitian nationals or the present scenario,” he added, in an obvious try and counter accusations of racism.
Roughly 2,000 individuals — principally Haitians in the latest border surge — have been deported to date.
Solely those that can show they’ve an “acute vulnerability” or menace of torture shall be permitted to stay within the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) – which falls underneath DHS – got here underneath hearth this week after pictures surfaced depicting aggressive actions by CBP officers on horseback blocking Haitian migrants from illegally crossing into the U.S.
CBP officers have now been barred by the administration from utilizing horses within the Del Rio sector, and an investigation has been launched.
“The brokers concerned in these incidents have been assigned to administrative duties and aren’t interacting with migrants whereas the investigation is ongoing,” Mayorkas mentioned.