US to cease southern border train operations due to migrant surge

Due to an increase in border crossings by migrants, US Customs and Border Protection will temporarily cease operations at the international railway crossing bridges at Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas, the agency reported in a news release Sunday.

According to the CBP, operational shutdown to shift workers to process migrants will begin on Monday.

“CBP will continue to prioritize our border security mission as necessary in response to this evolving situation,” the agency stated in a statement.

According to a Homeland Security official, border agents apprehended roughly 3,000 migrants in Del Rio, Texas, and around 1,300 migrants in El Paso on Sunday, putting a burden on federal resources. The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector includes Eagle Pass.

According to CNN, the Biden administration has just closed ports of entry to either automobile or pedestrian crossings in Eagle Pass, Texas, Lukeville, Arizona, and San Ysidro, California.

US to cease southern border train operations due to migrant surge

According to John Modlin, the Tucson Border Patrol Sector’s top patrol agent, more than 37,000 migrants were detained in the first 14 days of December alone in the Tucson Border Patrol Sector, which encompasses Lukeville.

The CBP claims that misinformation organized by transnational criminal groups and cartels is fueling the immigration surge.

“After observing a recent resurgence of smuggling organizations moving migrants through Mexico via freight trains, CBP is taking additional actions to surge personnel and address this concerning development, including in partnership with Mexican authorities,” according to a news release issued by CBP.

Border officials caught around 192,000 migrants between ports of entry in November, a 2% increase over the 188,000 migrant apprehensions in October, according to US Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens in an interview with CNN.

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