A drone operated by Fox News has been banned from flying over the International Bridge in Texas after thousands of migrants, mostly Haitians, gathered under the structure in recent days.
Fox News Reporter Bill Melugin reported the news to Tucker Carlson Thursday night, hours after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) brought a two-week flight ban in Del Rio, Texas.
That means the network can no longer show viewers footage from the drone it has flown over the international bridge between Del Rio and Ciudad Acua, Mexico, for nearly seven months.
“We’re using our drones to show everyone these remarkable pictures,” Melugin told Carlson.[but] We just learned that the FAA has imposed a temporary flight restriction, a TFR, in the vicinity of a port of entry in the area where that bridge is.
“Suddenly, in the last 24 hours, we start showing these images on this bridge and a TFR goes up, we can no longer fly”.
Carlson responded by saying that it was news to him, and that he “sincerely hopes”.[s] Our company will ignore the FAA. They have no right to close the news gathering. They don’t have this news.”
According to the FAA, the flight ban was due to “special security reasons”, and no further information has been released on the matter.
It follows an increasing number of migrants at the border in recent days, where the temperature during the day is around 99 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius). Food and water are also believed to be in limited supply, and the holding facilities at the border are full.
Among those gathered under the International Bridge are Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaraguans, although most are from Haiti – a country that has been plagued by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and political uncertainty since July following the assassination of its president Jovenel Mosse. .
Haiti currently has more than 130,000 people homeless, and 119,000 people without clean drinking water, leading the charity to warn that many people may suffer from infectious diseases such as cholera, acute respiratory infections, diarrhea and malaria, as well as COVID-19. 19 is at risk.
Tom Cotter, director of emergency and disaster response for Project Hope, a charity that has worked in Haiti for more than 40 years, said that “when people walk into a clinic, they expect it to be one of 32 health facilities.” One is not. Were completely damaged or destroyed.”
“Even if the clinic is operational, they may face shortage of medical supplies and personnel for treatment. If not, they are being taken outside amid challenging weather, heat, mosquitoes and potential violence from mobs.
According to Washington PostMany Haitians who have reached the international bridge are also migrants after the 2010 earthquake, which was 10 times more deadly than the August tremors, and disabled Haiti for a decade.
They are believed to be part of a larger wave that temporarily settled across South America, and is now moving north.
A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the Biden administration cannot block migrants under a public health rule known as Title 42, which was enacted under Donald Trump and killed thousands of people with COVID-19. 19 was barred from entering the US during the pandemic. Field.
Many more people are expected to arrive at the border in the coming days, as those already there await processing by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency.
It said in a statement that it has increased the workforce in Del Rio to ensure a “safe, humane and orderly process” as well as to provide food and water. Those living at the border will eventually be moved to a more permanent facility.
Sean Hannity of Fox News accused the FAA of “trying to stop Fox’s drones from showing the truth to the American people and capturing such images”, again showing viewers images of 10,000 migrants at the border.
“The FAA is being used to cover up Biden’s failures. And shall we let it stand? I do not think so.”
network referenced Granthshala to an update from Melugin, its reporter in Del Rio, who said Friday morning that Fox News is now flying its drones away from the FAA’s containment zone.
“You can see that our drone stays in the air now, but it is now out of TFR respecting that rule,” Melugin explained America’s newsroom. “And we’re being kept so far away from our drones, we can’t even see where the bridge is anymore.”
“So we’re not going to be able to show you those images at the moment.”
While Fox News has been critical of the federal government and US President Joe Biden for withdrawing several tough measures introduced by Mr Trump on the border, Fox News anchors such as Carlson have seen the border issue as a scapegoat for anti-migrant Used in and sometimes racist rhetoric.
In this last month Carlson is facing criticism for telling viewers that “millions” of asylum applicants will “invade” American neighborhoods after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He has recently been forced to defend, saying that Democrats wanted to “change the demographics of the country” through immigration. The claim is a well-known dog whistle thanks to the so-called “replacement principle”.
Additional reporting by Reuters
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Sean Hannity