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A Border Patrol agent applies a wrist band to the arm of a migrant girl whose family is from Haiti near the border in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores for The Washington Post via Getty Images

More than 10,000 migrants — mostly from Haiti — have formed a makeshift camp under a bridge that connects Texas and Mexico after crossing the southern border.

Why it matters: Several government officials have referred to the situation in Del Rio, Texas, as "unprecedented," the Washington Post writes. The migrants represent a new border emergency for the Biden administration, which is already struggling to welcome tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees.

  • Some migrants told the Post that they are crossing the border because "conditions are too hard in Haiti."
  • Several of the arriving migrants are Haitians who left the country following the 2010 earthquake, with many deciding to go to Brazil and other South American countries, the Post notes.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection told the Post in a statement that it is temporarily holding the migrants in a shaded area under the Del Rio International Bridge to "prevent injuries from heat-related illness ... while migrants wait to be taken into USBP custody."

By the numbers: Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said there were 10,503 people as of 6:45pm Thursday, up from around 8,200 in the morning.

  • More than 29,000 Haitian migrants entered the U.S. from the southern border between October 2020 and August 2021, a massive increase from the 3,653 that arrived during the same time frame last year, according to CBP.

What they're saying: "The Border Patrol right now is so overwhelmed with the influx of migrants in the Del Rio sector," Lozano said.

  • "We have around 2,000–3,000 at any given moment in detention," he added, explaining that many under the bridge "are not in detention, they're just waiting to get detained to continue their process into the border patrol custody."

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Senate Dems express "outrage over the cruel treatment" of Haitian migrants

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) along with 15 other senators sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week denouncing the U.S. treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers at the border.

State of play: The senators called on the Biden administration to appoint a new special envoy for Haiti and work with international partners to secure protections for Haitian migrants, as well as solutions for "long-term stability of Haiti."

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.