In what appeared to be an attempt to cover-up another self-inflicted crisis at the southern border, the Biden administration placed a two-week restriction on drone camera flights in the area that prevented Fox News from capturing the worsening scenes, though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ultimately reversed course on Friday, as the network now reports.
The limitations on drone flights were reported on Twitter by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, who said that the FAA cited a “special security reason” as justification for its actions.
NEW: We’ve learned that the FAA just implemented a two week TFR (Temporary Flight Restrictions) over the international bridge in Del Rio, TX, meaning we can no longer fly our FOX drone over it to show images of the thousands of migrants. FAA says “special security reason”. pic.twitter.com/aJrjAPO2Pz
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 17, 2021
According to the cable news outlet, the flight restrictions applied to the terrain surrounding a bridge at the United States border with Mexico at Del Rio, Texas that has been swarmed by thousands of immigrants, most of whom reportedly hail from Haiti.
The unusual influx of Haitians has reportedly surged to more than 11,000 migrants, a wave of such size that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been utterly overwhelmed by the situation that has left those gathered stranded in squalid conditions while they wait to be processed by federal authorities.
Lawmakers were quick to express their outrage over the scenario now enveloping an already-overrun border area, with Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-TX) declaring on Thursday, “The sheer amount of people, it’s like getting hit by a 2×4. You think you’re in a third-world country, and this is the United States, this is Del Rio, Texas, and there is literally no border at all – it’s just been muddied over.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined those who have suggested that this newest crisis was at least partially caused by a Biden administration decision to halt deportation flights to Haiti, adding, “This is a disaster, and it is a manmade disaster. When you have open borders this is what you get.”
Signaling that accountability for the imposition of restrictions would soon be demanded of the administration, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) tweeted, “The FAA better be ready to explain to Congress why they’re suddenly blocking the media from covering Biden’s border crisis.”
In hopes of resuming drone flights designed to highlight to humanitarian situation unfolding in Del Rio, Fox News sought clarification from the FAA and ultimately reported that the initial restrictions had been lifted by Friday afternoon, a development which will allow cameras to capture the full horror of what is taking place.