Border crossing abruptly closes as tension reaches breaking point: “We are going to cross”

Trump, migrants and ICE

Trouble began brewing again at our nation’s southern border and it prompted a fairly radical reaction from American officials. U.S. authorities closed an international border bridge in El Paso, Texas, early Monday in response to Central American and Cuban migrants protesting on the Mexican side of the border.

The uprising included protesters in Ciudad Juárez who were chanting “vamos a cruzar” — “we are going to cross” — before Customs and Border Protection officials closed the bridge about 2 a.m., according to a report by CNN.

The decision to close the bridge came as “a large and unruly group formed on the Mexican side,” according to CBP spokesman Roger Maier.

Local TV station KTSM reported the group was comprised of about 250 Cuban and Salvadoran migrants. And Ciudad Juarez newspaper El Diario reported the group was comprised of Cubans and Hondurans.

The Mexican National Guard deployed troops to the area, but they did not engage the protesters, according to El Diario.

Customs and Border Protections closed all lanes of traffic on the Paso del Norte Bridge, and reopened pedestrian lanes at 5:25 a.m., Meier said in an email.

According to CBP, as of 2 p.m. local time, private vehicle crossings to El Paso are subject to a 35-minute delay.

The Paso del Norte Bridge is the second-busiest pedestrian and personal vehicle crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, after the San Ysidro border crossing that links San Diego and Tijuana.

How do you think this latest uproar will impact the ongoing debate about the border issues. Do you think this will increase the number who see the need for emergency declarations concerning the border issues? Or will this move go largely unnoticed?

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Credit: The Hill