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Texas law enforcement takes action over migrant crisis in Del Rio: 'The federal government has failed'

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Texas law enforcement took action late Saturday over the growing migrant crisis unfolding in Del Rio, Texas, a small town situated on the southern United States border with Mexico.

What are the details?

Gov. Greg Abbott said Saturday the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas National Guard were working together to secure the area of the border where thousands of Haitian migrants have poured into the U.S. in recent days.

"The Texas Department of Public Safety is in full force along the border around the Del Rio area. They have built a barricade with their squad cars and State Troopers," Abbott said. "The National Guard is working with them to secure the border."

The Texas DPS shared images on social media showing a massive fleet of vehicles parked on the banks of the Rio Grande river.

Anything else?

The conditions under the Del Rio International Bridge have been described as "out of control." Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) told Fox News the situation is "worse than you could imagine."

Migrants are accumulating massive mounds of trash, they are constructing makeshift shelters from nearby plants and sticks, and at least one migrant — who purportedly tested positive for COVID-19 — has given birth. The New York Times reported there are fewer than two dozen toilets for the migrants to use and no access to running water.

The majority of the migrants crossing into Del Rio are Haitian, and were reportedly part of a migrant caravan that entered Panama weeks ago. The Biden administration plans to begin repatriating the migrants on Sunday.

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