On Monday, there were over 19,100 illegal migrants in custody along the Texas border. The migrants caused a temporary closure of vehicles in the Eagle Pass area, just south of San Antonio.
Customs and Border Protection were doing a good job, but it was overwhelming them. A call was sent out for more Border Patrol agents to assist them along the southern border.
According to Yahoo News, there were 240,988 encounters at the border in October. This was higher than the 231,529 recorded in October a year ago. Then two years ago there were 164,837 encounters in 2021 and 71,929 encounters in October 2020.
Customs and Border Protection officials said in a statement according to Freight Waves:
“Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations will temporarily suspend vehicle processing operations at Eagle Pass International Bridge 1 … [and] reduce vehicle processing in Lukeville, Arizona, in order to redirect personnel to assist the U.S. Border Patrol with taking migrants into custody.”
“In response to this influx in encounters, we will continue to surge all available resources to expeditiously and safely process migrants.”
According to Freight Waves, the Department of Public Safety 19,000 trucks were stuck in Mexico trying to enter Texas. They were carrying about $1.9 billion in goods.
In an email to the trade community, Armando Taboada, assistant director of field operations at Customs and Border Protection’s Laredo Field Office said: on Tuesday:
“Customs and Border Protection Laredo Field Office has been advised Texas DPS will begin safety vehicle inspections on all tractor-trailers … this afternoon and do not have an end date. We anticipate impact to the north bound flow of trade.”
Border Patrol said in a statement according to The Messenger:
“The U.S. is continuing to see increased levels of migrant encounters at the Southwest Border, fueled by smugglers peddling disinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals and encourage migration."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has not made any public statements concerning the recent bridge closing.
Do you think illegal migrants are causing a problem in Texas?