Haitian migrants in ICE custody attempt to escape DHS bus

Haitian migrants that had been taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Del Rio, Texas U.S. border with Mexico reportedly “revolted,” broke free, and took control of a bus. Fox News reported the story on September 21. 

The federally-contracted bus was transporting Haitian migrants away from the border. The large white bus was en-route from Del Rio, Texas to Brownsville, Texas on Monday, September 19, Fox News reports. During the ride, the migrants reportedly “became disorderly,” and broke out of the van. They temporarily escaped. 

Fox News reports that the DHS-contracted bus “did not have law enforcement on board.” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd updated Texas Governor Gregory Abbott on this situation. Abbott calls for the prosecution of the perpetrating migrants.

Conservative commentary sites followed up the story for more details on conflicting reports. A senior federal law enforcement officials confirmed to The Washington Examiner in a comment made on Tuesday that “(the Haitian migrants) did break out and they did escape.” However, The Washington Examiner could not confirm whether the migrants were in Customs and Border Protection custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Custody.

Conservative commentary reported some inconsistent details. Fox News confirmed that the migrants involved in this incident were in Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s custody at the time of the incident.

This was verified to Fox by a DHS spokesperson, who was not named on record as well as “multiple sources.”

After the bus was overtaken, ICE officers worked to restore order. Three migrants “attempted to abscond,” from the bus, but were “immediately apprehended,” and placed back on the bus. The bus then continued to Brownsville, Texas without further incident.

Law enforcement officials told local NBC that, though the Haitian migrants had attempted to escape, they were taken back into custody. This was reported on September 20. NBC states that this status was confirmed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Fox News reported that the bus was a Department of Homeland Security contracted vehicle. Fox quoted the National Border Patrol Council president as its source.

NBC reported that all the individuals who escaped ICE custody were back in custody by 7:15 pm local time on September 20. Additionally, a spokesperson for ICE told local NBC that no one on the bus was hurt in the process of the breakout. The non-citizen individuals were confirmed to have escaped, fled the bus, and then were recaptured.

This incident occurred as the U.S.-Mexico border crossing experiences and an overwhelming upsurge in illegal migration. Fox reports that, at one point, more than 14,000 non-citizens were pouring in at the Del Rio crossing. Mainstream media outlets have said that at least 12,000 non-citizens camp under the Del Rio crossing bridge in tents.

Texas Governor Abbott has motioned to approved a crackdown on the border crisis. Footage shows a miles-long barrier of police cars lined up as a temporary structure to prevent illegal crossings. Despite warnings of prosecution, and renewed enforcement efforts, Haitian migrants told The Guardian that they will defy the U.S. customs agencies. The non-citizens plan to continue attempts to enter the United States illegally. 

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