US authorities shut bridge at Piedras Negras-Eagle Cross crossing

One other land crossing from Mexico to the US has been briefly closed after the mayor of Eagle Cross, Texas declared a state of emergency resulting from “a big inflow of immigrants.” 

On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) briefly suspended car processing operations at Bridge No. 1 connecting Piedras Negras, Coahuila, to Eagle Cross “with a purpose to redirect personnel to help the U.S. Border Patrol with taking migrants into custody,” the company mentioned in an announcement.

U.S. authorities closed Bridge No. 1 on Wednesday, however Bridge No. 2 (Camino Actual) stays open to crossing automobiles. (epbusiness/X)

“In response to this inflow in encounters, we’ll proceed to surge all out there sources to expeditiously and safely course of migrants. We are going to maximize penalties towards these with out a authorized foundation to stay in the US. CBP will proceed to prioritize our border safety mission as crucial in response to this evolving scenario,” the assertion added.

Authorities additionally shut down the worldwide railway bridge in Eagle Cross, though Bridge No. 1 remained open for pedestrian crossings.

The measures took impact at 6 p.m. Wednesday “till additional discover,” Maverick County, which incorporates town of Eagle Cross, posted on X, previously Twitter. “All automobiles should use Bridge No. 2 to cross into Mexico and/or the US,” the publish reads.

“The closure is as a result of vital inflow of migrants within the area,” the county added.

Migrant crossings at unofficial factors alongside the U.S.-Mexico border have elevated within the final week, main U.S. authorities to shut bridges in El Paso and Eagle Cross. (Anna_Giaritelli/X)

As well as, the U.S. Division of Protection (DOD) will ship some 800 new active-duty personnel to the border, the place 2,500 Nationwide Guard members are already serving, Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) officers mentioned Wednesday.

Migrant crossings alongside the U.S.-Mexico border surpassed 8,600 during the last 24 hours, DHS officers mentioned, based on a CNN report. The busiest border sectors embrace Del Rio (the place Eagle Cross is positioned) and El Paso, Texas.

The inflow has strained federal sources and overwhelmed already-crowded amenities, officers have mentioned.

In response to authorities in Piedras Negras, ​​greater than 8,000 migrants have gathered within the northern space of the state of Coahuila. Most are from Central America, they mentioned.

The bridge closures will negatively impression many households who do enterprise on each side of the border. (Wikimedia Commons)

On Tuesday, native officers had requested intervention from the Mexican authorities in order to keep away from the bridge closures, which have an effect on cargo vehicles and households which have actions in each Texas and Coahuila.

Earlier this week, CBP issued a “momentary suspension” of cargo processing on the Bridge of the Americas on the Ciudad Juárez–El Paso border. CBP mentioned in an announcement that it wanted its officers within the space to help in processing migrants arriving outdoors of official crossings.

Mexican officers mentioned they anticipated cargo operations on the Bridge of the Americas to be restored in two or three days, however as of Thursday morning, the processing of freight vehicles was nonetheless on maintain on the El Paso border crossing.

With experiences from Milenio and

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