Over 10,000 illegal immigrants are waiting for asylum under the Del Rio International Bridge that connects Del Rio, Texas and Mexico’s Ciudad Acuña. Food and water has been scarce. The migrants are mostly Haitians, with Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans also present. Migrants have tickets with numbers they had received from U.S. Border Patrol. Border Patrol said in a statement it was increasing staffing in Del Rio to facilitate a “safe, humane and orderly process.” Drinking water, towels and portable toilets have been provided. On the campaign trail, Joe Biden made sweeping promises to reform US immigration. Since taking office, he has created a taskforce to reunify migrant children with their families, paused construction of the border wall, and called for reviews of legal immigration programmes terminated by his predecessor.
Mr Biden also called for more refugees to come from Africa, the Middle East and Central America, and for an end to restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen. On Mr Biden’s first day in office, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended a controversial Trump-era policy that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their US immigration hearings. However, without using the rhetoric of his predecessor, Mr Biden has called for migrants to not attempt the dangerous journey to the US in an effort to stem the recent influx. Migration remains a problem that is difficult to solve even in America.