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FAA bans flights over Texas bridge sheltering mass of migrants

Added 09-17-21 10:35:02am EST - “The Federal Aviation Administration has placed a temporary flight restriction over the Texas bridge sheltering a swelling mass of migrants along the southern border.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “FAA bans flights over Texas bridge sheltering mass of migrants”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Federal Aviation Administration has placed a temporary flight restriction over the Texas bridge sheltering a swelling mass of migrants along the southern border.

The two-week temporary flight restrictions, which Fox News reported late Thursday, bar news outlets from flying drones over the bridge to document the unprecedented surge of migrants amid relaxed border enforcement under the Biden administration.

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

The number of migrants under the bridge more than doubled this week, reaching 9,145 people on Thursday, according to one law enforcement source. Most of the migrants are Haitian, but some Venezuelans and Cubans are also present.

Overwhelmed with the flood of migrants crossing the border, the Border Patrol says it has nowhere to shelter them. The bridge has become “a temporary staging site” to protect the unhoused migrants from the heat.

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