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CBP closes border bridge in Eagle Pass

Traffic from Mexico into Eagle Pass was reduced to one of two bridges on Nov. 27 due to a continued influx of migrants crossing into the country, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

The northbound lanes of the city’s first bridge, which connects Piedras Negras to Eagle Pass, was closed effective 3 p.m. until further notice.

Vehicle and foot traffic crossing into Mexico from the U.S. was not impacted, according to the city of Eagle Pass.

“In response to this influx in encounters, we will continue to surge all available resources to expeditiously and safely process migrants,” CBP said.

The Eagle Pass bridge’s closure came two months after the city’s mayor issued an emergency declaration due to a surge of migrants crossing into the city. People moving between the United States and Mexico were required to take the city’s second bridge after nearly 2,500 people crossed into Eagle Pass. The city’s international railway bridge were also suspended. 

Vehicle processing at a crossing point in Lukeville, Arizona, was also reduced on Nov. 27 in response to the increase in migrants crossing over.

Sofi Zeman (szeman@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335) covers education and crime for the Uvalde Leader-News as a Report for America corps member. Report for America (www.reportforamerica.org) is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities across the United States and its territories.