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Drones that captured images and videos of thousands of illegal immigrants under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, were grounded late Thursday by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin told Tucker Carlson on Thursday night that he found the timing and location of the FAA’s two-week flight restriction in the area “a little bit curious.”
“I just want to point out, Fox News has been at the border for the better part of seven months now,” Melugin said. “We’ve been using the drone the entire time. It’s never been an issue. All of a sudden, the last 24 hours, we start showing these images at this bridge and a TFR goes up. We can no longer fly.”
The FAA told the outlet the “temporary flight restriction” (TFR) over the Del Rio Port of Entry and the International Bridge was put in place for “special security reasons.”
“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. “As with any temporary flight restriction, media is able to call the FAA to make requests to operate in the area.”
Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) made the following statement condemning the FAA’s action to restrict drone access over the worsening illegal alien encampment at the Del Rio bridge:
“We know what they’re doing and they are not getting away with it,” said Biggs. “Restricting and blocking the media’s drones over the Del Rio bridge proves that the Administration is fully aware of the crisis they have created. This refusal to be transparent is yet another way the Biden Administration is trying to twist the true narrative of what is happening at the border. With or without media access, we will not stop working to expose the truth about this humanitarian and national security crisis.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), at the scene, slammed the “ridiculous” restriction, adding he’s “never seen anything like” the 10,500-plus group of illegals packed under the bridge.
“The drone footage started this morning, and people across the country were horrified, and I guess the political operatives at the Biden White House saw that and decided the last thing they want is Fox News actually reporting on what’s happening down here,” he said.
On Thursday, Cruz told the Todd Starnes Show there were thousands of Haitians feeling the disaster-torn country, adding that many of them were COVID-positive.