Fox News has been using drones to capture footage of illegal migrants crossing the border, and after recent footage showed thousands of illegal migrants sheltering under a bridge Del Rio, Texas, the Federal Aviation Administration restricted drone access to the US-Mexico border.
The FAA restriction is in place for two weeks. The migrants captured on video by Fox drones are sheltering under the International Bridge, and are essentially waiting to be apprehended and processed by Border Control and Protection.
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin announced the restriction, saying "We’ve learned that the FAA just implemented a two week TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) 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.'"
Fox News has been using drones for months to cover the ongoing border crisis and has never been stopped from doing so before.
In a statement to the outlet Thursday evening the FAA said "The Border Patrol requested the temporary flight restriction due to drones interfering with law enforcement flights on the border. As with any temporary flight restriction, media is able to call the FAA to make requests to operate in the area."
According to Fox News, over 8,000 migrants are currently waiting underneath the bridge to be apprehended and processed after crossing into the United States illegally. A law enforcement source told Fox News that a majority of the migrants are Haitians and more are arriving at the bridge by the minute.
Customs and Border Protection announced earlier this week that there were 208,887 migrant encounters in August, a 317 percent increase over August 2020, which saw 50,014 encounters, and a 233 percent increase over August 2019, where there were 62,707.