A SPRAWLING camp of at least 9,000 mainly Haitian migrants has sprung up over a matter of days under a border bridge in Texas amid an unprecedented surge of attempted crossings from Mexico to the US.
“There are 9,000 people really anxious and stressed,” said Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano, who has sought out federal officials at the Department of Homeland Security to aid his town of 35,000 residents.
More than 200,000 people crossed last month, bringing the total this fiscal year to more than 1.5 million.
In recent days, throngs of crowds have been amassing in the rural town of Del Rio and created a new front to the humanitarian crisis dogging the US.
Lozano described the conditions of the hoards of migrants camping out under The International Bridge as squalid and starting to take on the character of a shantytown, with scant access to clean water and food and only a few portable toilets, according to the New York Times.
The land is being quickly transformed with sweltering heat and unsanitary accommodations with constantly growing crowds.
Border crisis explodes as 9,000 mainly Haitian migrants crowd under Del Rio bridge as huge camp springs up in just days
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