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FAA bans drones filming 11,000 illegal Haitian immigrants at U.S. border

After Fox News broadcast images of 12,000 Haitians and others packed under a Texas-Mexico border bridge, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has imposed a no-fly zone. Fox was filming the mind-boggling images with several drones.

The group is growing by over 1,000 illegal immigrants per day at the Del Rio Bridge in south Texas as they waited to be processed by Border Patrol.

The ban, apparently at the direction of the Biden Administration according to reports, prevents local and international media from capturing aerial footage and imagery showing conditions at the site.

The multitudes grew exponentially after the Biden administration eight days ago, formerly announced they would stop flying the immigrants back to Haiti. The Haitians at the time did not meet the definition of asylum seekers. Once word spread back to Haiti that the border was open, thousands began flying to Mexico from the island nation and making their way north to the Texas border.

Some 12,000 illegal immigrants, including 11,000 Haitians plus 1,000 Cuban, and Venezuelan nationals escaping socialism, were in the area, Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez confirmed.

The FAA issued the notice on Sept. 16 announcing that temporary flight restrictions were in place preventing all unmanned aircraft, such as drones, from flying over the area until Sept. 30, citing “special security reasons.”

In a statement to Fox News, the FAA said the no-fly zone ban was imposed at the request of the U.S. Border Patrol but noted that media can make a request for an exemption.

“The Border Patrol requested the temporary flight restriction due to drones interfering with law enforcement flights on the border. As with any temporary flight restriction, media is able to call the FAA to make requests to operate in the area,” the FAA said.

It comes amid a surge of illegal immigrants trying to cross into the United States in recent months, which has left Border Patrol agents overwhelmed and struggling to process the sheer volume of people, particularly those who arrived in the area at the bridge.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to “maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings.”

Abbott also took aim at President Joe Biden’s administration in its handling of the crisis, noting that it was in “complete disarray” and was dealing with the border situation “as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan,” Abbott said in a statement.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is currently on the ground in Del Rio and has been sharing footage from the site. On Friday, he claimed there are currently 10,503 illegal aliens under the Del Rio International Bridge.

“This manmade disaster was caused by Joe Biden,” he wrote on Twitter, adding that the number of migrants had increased tenfold after the White House recently decided to cancel deportations back to Haiti.

As per the notice, the Department of Defense (DOD), Homeland security (DHS), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) may take action against anyone who does not comply with the temporary ban, including destruction of unmanned aircraft if it is deemed to post a credible safety or security threat.

The Biden administration also recently announced it would begin flights to Central America to actually pick up and bring to the U.S., migrants who were previously sent home.

–Wire services