Drone footage appears to show 'up to 1,000' migrants detained amid border crisis

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Drone footage released on Sunday reportedly shows up to 1,000 migrants being held under a bridge in Mission, Texas, as the border crisis grows.

The footage, published to Twitter by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, shows a large group of people held under the bridge by Border Patrol.

"This is the largest group of migrants we’ve ever seen being held by Border Patrol under Anzalduas Bridge in Mission, TX. Looks like it could be up to 1,000 people," Melugin wrote. "We can only get a look at the area with our drone. There’s a popular Rio Grande crossing area nearby."

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The video caught the attention of several Republican lawmakers, who have already criticized the Biden administration's response to the massive rise in illegal border crossings.

"Stunning footage that shows the true disaster that continues to unfold at the border," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wrote. "Because of Biden & Harris, instead of a secure border, it’s a revolving door that so far over 800,000 illegal aliens have taken advantage of since they took office. #BidenBorderCrisis."

Colorado Rep. Ken Buck also shared the video, calling it "OUTRAGEOUS."

Like Cruz, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik connected the footage to the actions from the Biden administration.

"An absolute catastrophe from Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and House & Senate Democrats. #BidenBorderCrisis," she wrote on Twitter.

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Since taking office, President Joe Biden and his White House have received bipartisan backlash due to the rise in illegal crossings. Monthly border apprehensions continue to set records as in the month of June. Agents reported witnessing nearly 190,000 attempted illegal crossings, a 21-year high. Also in June, apprehensions surpassed the 1 million milestone for fiscal year 2021.

Border Patrol did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

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