Texas DPS Takes Fox’s Bill Melugin For Helicopter Ride To Cover Border Crisis After Biden Admin Temporarily Banned Their Drone

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After the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily banned Fox News from using a drone to capture the border crisis, Texas troopers reportedly helped Fox continue their coverage.

Filming live above the international bridge in Del Rio, Fox’s Bill Melugin said troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) were “kind enough to let us go up in their helicopter with them and get a look at the situation at this bridge right now.”

Video footage shows migrants, who Melugin says are mostly Haitian, huddled under the bridge due to a strain on border patrol resources. Dozens of migrants are then captured crossing the Del Rio River into Texas illegally. Melugin said after the migrants cross the river they use a dirt path to get to the area under the bridge.

Melugin described the scene as a “non-stop trail of migrants” and a “large refugee camp.” Border patrol agents allegedly told Melugin the situation was “out of control” and that they need immediate help.

The FAA confirmed just minutes before Melugin went live that they granted Fox News clearance to “operate from now until the end of September in the restricted airspace.”

The FAA issued a two-week temporary flight restriction Thursday over the area citing “special security reasons” after Fox News released footage capturing thousands of migrants flowing over the border in Del Rio.

The agency then issued an update noting the media could request an exemption to operate in the area, which Fox News did Friday morning, according to the FAA. (RELATED: ‘I Think This Is Illegal’: Sen. Kennedy Says Fox News’ Drones Grounded To Hide ‘Lunacy’ Of ‘Open Border’)

In a statement to the Daily Caller, the FAA said border patrol requested the flight restriction for drones because it allegedly was interfering with law enforcement aircraft on the border.

Amidst the situation at the border, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that six points of entry would close.

“The sheer negligence of the Biden Administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling,” Abbott said in a statement.

Abbott later reversed his decision, blaming the Biden administration for having “flip-flopped to a different strategy that abandons border security and instead makes it easier for people to cross illegally and for cartels to exploit the border.”

“I have directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings.”

The Daily Caller has reached out to the Texas DPS but did not receive a response at the time of publication.