Headline RoundupSeptember 21st, 2021

Perspectives: Migrant Crisis in Del Rio

Summary from the AllSides News Team

An influx of migrants crossing the Rio Grande River into Texas has created a crisis in the town of Del Rio. Over 16,000 unauthorized migrants were reportedly present at a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio over the weekend. Border Patrol agents have started to apprehend migrants, and roughly 1,000 had been deported to Haiti as of Tuesday. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday at a Senate hearing that "dramatic results" would help disperse the camp "in the next 48 to 96 hours." Criticizing President Joe Biden's handling of the situation, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Tuesday that the White House needs "to up its game, big time."

Coverage from left-rated outlets often focused on how the migrants arrived in Del Rio and what's next for them; some highlighted photos of Border Patrol agents on horseback attempting to apprehend migrants, with some describing the agents as "whipping" people; Border Patrol has rejected that characterization. Some left-rated voices criticized Biden for deporting the migrants rather than processing them as asylum seekers. Many right-rated voices said the situation was another example of Biden's failure on immigration. Others accused the left of focusing on Border Patrol's handling of the situation instead of the White House's, as they purportedly would have if former President Trump was in office. 

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