(TheRedWire.com) – On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities announced that they would be opening up a few border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday after they had been shut down because of an increase in the number of migrant encounters.
The border crossings in California, Arizona, and Texas are going to be reopened only a month after the agency decided to close several border crossings due to the increase in migrant smuggling and encounters with migrants.
The agency has noted repeatedly that those who do not make it into the United States with legal means are not going to have a legal standing to remain in the United States. They further note in a statement that the agency’s priority is border security and that it will continue to assess current operations and deploy the required resources in order to maximize the efforts of Border Patrol against noncitizens who have not used the legal processes to enter the country. This includes the process of setting up an appointment to enter the country through CBP One. As the agency pointed out those who had failed to follow these processes did not have a legal basis to continue being in the United States.
One border crossing each in Eagle Pass, Texas and San Diego, California, along with two in Arizona, one in Nogales and Lukeville are going to be reopened.
On Wednesday, a group of 60 Republican lawmakers, led by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) are going to be visiting Eagle Pass to assess the situation at the border, while Republicans increase pressure on the negotiations regarding border Security in the new year. Johnson sent a letter to President Biden last month pushing for him to employ executive action to handle the situation at the border.
Copyright 2024, TheRedWire.com