A border crossing in Texas was closed to vehicles on Monday while traffic was limited at another border crossing in Arizona to channel more resources to control illegal entry, US federal authorities reported. , the latest example of how migration routes are changing rapidly. it is difficult for the government to regulate the entry of people.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the closure of one of two vehicle bridges in Eagle Pass, Texas, a town of about 30,000 residents that, at one point last year, became a corridor with the most illegal crossings. The agency also reduced vehicle entry into Lukeville, Arizona, a remote desert border crossing that has become a major migration route in recent months.
“The United States continues to see high levels of migrant encounters at the southwest border, driven by smugglers who spread disinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals and encourage migration,” CBP said in a statement. “As we respond with more resources and enforce consequences for illegal entrants, immigration trends will also change.”
Lukeville is part of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, which is the busiest in October among the nine sectors along the Mexican border.
John Modlin, head of the sector, said on Sunday that activity on all the sector’s social media accounts would be temporarily reduced in response to the “current increase in migration”.
“At this time, all available personnel are needed to respond to the unprecedented influx,” Modlin wrote on Platform X, formerly Twitter. “The social media team will return when the situation permits.”
Shortly afterward he returned to the platform to apologize for the “hastily written statement” and promised a transparent process.
The cuts to staff to handle legal trade and migration are the latest response to demands to process people who cross the border illegally, often to seek asylum. A major pedestrian crossing in San Diego has been closed for several weeks since September as authorities pay more attention to people entering the country illegally.
Although the arrests for illegal income fell in October, September was the second month with the highest number of arrests recorded.