Ciudad Juárez.- The massive illegal crossing of migrants in recent days to El Paso, Texas, caused the Customs and Border Protection office to close the merchandise crossing of the Córdova-Américas International Bridge in Ciudad Juárez, to allocate the agents to care for people on the move.
Starting Monday, September 18, the El Paso Field Operations Office of the United States Customs and Border Protection will temporarily suspend cargo processing at the port of entry known as BOTA.
“The temporary suspension at BOTA will allow CBP Office of Field Operations officers to assist the US Border Patrol in processing non-citizens who have arrived between ports of entry, including vulnerable populations such as families and non-citizen children.” accompanied. “CBP periodically plans and executes contingency measures, such as this one, to support the agency’s overall mission and ensure the safety and well-being of those in the agency’s custody,” CBP reported.
Although the notice from the American authorities does not specify how long this temporary suspension will continue, in Ciudad Juárez state authorities expect it to be until September 23.
Since last Tuesday, hundreds of migrants have arrived in Ciudad Juárez to try to illegally cross the border, which is why people go to the border wall that divides this town and El Paso, Texas.
Despite the surveillance of the Texas National Guard and the barbed wire installed along with cyclonic mesh, the migrants manage to surrender to Border Patrol agents to request political asylum.
In tours carried out by EL UNIVERSAL, it has been confirmed how migrants travel along the banks of the Río Bravo in search of finding a space where they can cross the security of the American authorities and thus be able to reach the United States.
During this day, the governor of Chihuahua, María Eugenia Campos Galván, urged the federation to resolve the crisis generated by the arrival of foreign migrants at the border, which has affected their commercial activity and the lives of families.
The above, after the announcement of the closure of the crossing of goods by US authorities, on the Córdoba-Américas international bridge.
In an interview, she explained that the measure announced by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is because they need to support the border patrol to process migrants who cross into the United States.
“This closure means the suspension of the passage of at least 600 trailers a day to the United States, with a high economic impact, which could represent approximately 33 million dollars a day, with the consequences that this has for the economy of families,” she explained.
She reiterated that the reason for this closure is the large flow of migrants that reaches the border, without control by the Government of the republic, which has the powers to address this matter.
“We understand the pressures to which the US authorities are subject due to what is happening in the border area, but Chihuahua is an active partner of the United States, which is why we are urging the Mexican Federal Government to resolve these cross-border issues,” Maru added.
She announced that since this Friday she had communication with Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena and requested in writing from the Secretary of the Interior, Luisa María Alcalde, a prompt solution from the authorities empowered to provide cross-border and transnational solutions and execute actions immediately.
The head of the Chihuahua government reported that her administratios is also in contact with the productive sector, exporters, transporters and customs agents.
“We will insist together that the Federal Government, which has the powers, resolve this matter as soon as possible, the opening of the crossing for commercial activities and its cause: definitive attention to the migratory flow,” she noted.
Source: El Universal