On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with the Border Patrol halted traffic in both directions at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge linking Laredo, Texas, with Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The CBP issued the following statement:
“Bridge traffic at Gateway to the Americas Bridge is temporarily halted in both directions due to the possible threat of a significant group of undocumented migrants attempting entry without inspection at the bridge.”
About 50 asylum seekers who had entered the bridge, apparently with the intent of crossing without the required documentation, were then led away without incident. Of those 50, thirteen agreed to begin the process of repatriation to their home countries, while the remainder were bused to Monterrey, about 134 miles distant.
Forced crossings into Mexico at official ports of entry from the south are commonplace, but thus far the CBP has been able to prevent such crossings at U.S. ports. In Laredo on Monday, only 50 were involved, yet thousands more wait in border towns across northern Mexico.
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