Ted Cruz says migrant crisis grew from 900 to 15,000 in weeks after Biden ...

Ted Cruz says migrant crisis grew from 900 to 15,000 in weeks after Biden ...
Ted Cruz says migrant crisis grew from 900 to 15,000 in weeks after Biden ...

Ted Cruz has slammed Joe Biden's chaotic management of the migrant border crisis, saying thousands of desperate Haitians rushed to Texas after the president canceled deportation flights.

Up to 15,000 migrants have been living in squalid conditions in an impromptu camp that sprang up under a bridge spanning the Rio Grande from the Texas town Del Rio to Mexico's Ciudad Acuna. 

The Department of Homeland Security say they have removed 4,600 people in recent days from the site but have not revealed how many have been released into the US.

The White House has also refused to answer when, if ever, Biden has visited the border, even in his previous roles as vice president and senator.

Following the recent crackdown in response to the huge influx, hundreds of migrants have instead headed to Mexico's refugee agencies and shelters amid the chaotic scenes.  

Speaking to Fox News' Laura Ingraham, Cruz, a Republican Texas senator, said: 'What's happening in Del Rio really illustrates the cause-and-effect of the Biden border disaster. To really understand it, you have to go back to September 8.

Up to 15,000 migrants have been living in squalid conditions in an impromptu camp that sprang up under a bridge spanning the Rio Grande

Up to 15,000 migrants have been living in squalid conditions in an impromptu camp that sprang up under a bridge spanning the Rio Grande

Migrants seeking refuge in the US wade through the Rio Grande river from Ciudad Acuna in Mexico

Migrants seeking refuge in the US wade through the Rio Grande river from Ciudad Acuna in Mexico

This overhead photo shows some of the hundreds of Texas state SUVs used to form a de-facto steel barrier along the United States-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas

This overhead photo shows some of the hundreds of Texas state SUVs used to form a de-facto steel barrier along the United States-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas 

Ted Cruz has slammed Joe Biden's management of the migrant border crisis, saying thousands of Haitians rushed to Texas after the president canceled deportation flights

Ted Cruz has slammed Joe Biden's management of the migrant border crisis, saying thousands of Haitians rushed to Texas after the president canceled deportation flights

'On September 8, under that bridge, there were, on any given day, between 700 and 1,000 illegal immigrants, mostly from Haiti.

'On September 8 there were roughly 900 Haitians that were scheduled to be on airplanes to go back to Haiti and the Biden administration canceled those flights. 

'They said, 'We're not gonna deport you. You can stay here. You can remain in America.'

'And what happened was simple. Those 900 Haitians, they pulled out their phones. And they got their phone and they called their families, they called their friends. They texted their family and friends.'

Migrants have been using Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp to share detailed instructions with friends and family back home on how to cross the border into the US, it was recently revealed.

Migrants, many of them from Haiti, are pictured wading back and forth between Texas and Mexico on Wednesday. At the weekend an estimated 14,000 migrants were sheltering in Del Rio

Migrants, many of them from Haiti, are pictured wading back and forth between Texas and Mexico on Wednesday. At the weekend an estimated 14,000 migrants were sheltering in Del Rio

The White House has refused to answer when, if ever, Biden has visited the border, even in his previous roles as vice president and senator

The White House has refused to answer when, if ever, Biden has visited the border, even in his previous roles as vice president and senator

A photo from September 22 shows migrants being routed out of a makeshift border camp after being processed by US officials. The White House has pledged to deport most of the migrants back to Haiti under Title 42, but reports indicate that's not the case for some being released

A photo from September 22 shows migrants being routed out of a makeshift border camp after being processed by US officials. The White House has pledged to deport most of the migrants back to Haiti under Title 42, but reports indicate that's not the case for some being released

How migrant crisis on Texas border developed in just a few weeks

There has been a stream of migrants flooding into the US since the start of Joe Biden's presidency.

But recent weeks have seen a huge uptick of people trying to enter Texas via the Rio Grande, mostly from Haiti.

The island nation has been dogged by crime, poverty and natural disasters, with a recent earthquake displacing thousands, fuelling a further rush to the US.

The Biden administration put a hold on deportation flights in response to the earthquake, allowing thousands to gather in camps in Del Rio. 

The suspension has since been reversed, with flights recommencing Sunday.

Under Title 42, migrants can be repatriated to their home nations without the possibility of requesting asylum due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Cruz continued: 'You had 700 people on September 8. I was down in Del Rio eight days later on September 16. The day I was there, 700 people had become 10,503. It took eight days for that to happen.

'Within a couple of days that 10,000 had become 15,000 and it was straight cause-and-effect. The word went out that the Biden administration is not going to enforce the law.

'And if you're from Haiti, come to Del Rio because that means you get to stay, and that's what's produced this disaster.' 

Biden initially suspended repatriation flights to Haiti after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people and damaged more than 100,000 homes.

But he has since stepped up the deportation blitz in order to curb the number of undocumented migrants flooding into Del Rio as thousands continued to arrive. 

The official line is that Haitians are being expelled from the US back to the crisis-stricken Caribbean nation under a Donald Trump-era rule.

Under Title 42, migrants can be repatriated to their home nations without the possibility of requesting asylum due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some 523 Haitians have since been deported to their homeland on four flights, with repatriations set to continue on a regular basis, the Department of Homeland Security said.

But thousands of migrants have also been freed into the US on a 'very, very large scale' rather than being flown out as the Biden administration promised, according to officials. It's estimated as many as 5,000 migrants have been allowed in.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been forced to use 'unprecedented' methods to prevent more from entering his state by creating a 'steel barrier' of hundreds of vehicles at the border.

Migrants exit a Border Patrol bus and prepare to be received by the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition after crossing the Rio Grande on Wednesday

Migrants exit a Border Patrol bus and prepare to be received by the Val Verde Humanitarian Coalition after crossing the Rio Grande on Wednesday

A young child clings to their father as he wades across the river into the United States

A young child clings to their father as he wades across the river into the United States

They are lined up outside Del Rio in Texas, which has seen an influx of 14,600 migrants who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the US. An estimated 8,600 remained in the town of 35,000 people as of Tuesday night, with 1,083 so far deported back to Haiti

They are lined up outside Del Rio in Texas, which has seen an influx of 14,600

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