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U.S. Border Patrol, National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles in Del Rio, Texas, shine their lights on the crossing point for mostly Haitian migrants on the Rio Grande on Sept. 21. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told Fox News Tuesday that he has sent hundreds of state-owned vehicles to the southern border to form a barrier to prevent migrants from crossing.

Why it matters: It's the latest measure taken to block the entry of migrants around Del Rio, Tex., where thousands coming from Haiti have taken refuge while trying to seek asylum.

What they're saying: "What we did, we put hundreds of Texas Department of Public Safety cars and created a steel wall — a steel wall of DPS vehicles — that prevented anybody from crossing that dam that you’ve seen people walk across,” Abbott told Fox News.

  • “We effectively … regained control of the border," he added.
  • "Because the Biden administration has been promoting and allowing open border policies, it has been the state of Texas that had to step up," Abbott said Tuesday during a visit to Del Rio. 
  • After DPS put up the wall of vehicles, "suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location," he added.

Haiti spiraled into turmoil when the country's president was assassinated in May. In August, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake compounded on the crisis, leaving at least 1,941 people dead, nearly 10,000 injured and tens of thousands homeless.

The big picture: U.S. authorities began deportation flights for migrants back to Haiti on Sunday, with flights to other locations planned as well.

  • Many migrants are also being released into the U.S. with notices to appear (NTA) at an immigration office within 60 days.
  • Thousands of migrants, primarily from Haiti, have been staying in a crowded camp with poor conditions under the Del Rio International Bridge. They've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per NBC DFW.

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Oct 24, 2021 - World

Pope calls on countries to stop sending migrants back to Libya

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Pope Francis on Sunday called on the international community to end the practice of returning migrants rescued at sea to Libya and other "unsafe countries," AP reports.

Why it matters: Hundreds of thousands of migrants have taken to the sea, fleeing from the countries like Libya and Turkey. Many were later returned to their county of origin by authorities.

Report: CBP agents who made offensive comments on Facebook faced lax discipline

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Customs and Border Protection agents who posted violent and explicit messages in private Facebook groups faced disciplinary actions that were significantly more lenient than the recommendations made by the agency's discipline review board, according to a House Oversight and Reform Committee report released Monday.

Why it matters: The report noted that the committee's investigation found "significant shortcomings" in how CBP handled discipline and training for agents guilty of social media misconduct.

Updated 1 hour ago - World

Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.