US Customs is suspending rail operations at international points to Texas starting Monday

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will suspend international rail bridge operations in two Texas cities along the southern border in response to a recent resurgence of smuggling organizations using freight trains to move migrants through Mexico to the U.S. border .

In a statement released Sunday, CBP officials said that beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 18, the agency’s Office of Field Operations will suspend operations at the Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas, international rail bridges to redeploy personnel to assist the U.S. Border police with migrant detention.

“CBP continues to mobilize all available resources to safely process migrants in response to increased levels of migrant encounters at the Southwest border, fueled by smugglers spreading misinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals,” the statement said. “After noticing a recent resurgence of smuggling organizations moving migrants through Mexico via freight trains, CBP is taking additional actions to increase staffing and address this troubling development, including in partnership with Mexican authorities.”

The move comes just days after thousands of migrants were seen on video lined up along railroad tracks as a freight train passed nearly three hours south of Eagle Pass, Texas.

CBP officials said the agency’s Office of Field Operations will suspend operations at the international rail bridges in Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas. Reuters

Border patrols are overwhelmed as they deal with an unprecedented number of migrants, which last Tuesday topped 10,000 in one day.

A week earlier, there were reported to have been 12,000 migrant encounters in a single day, breaking daily records and still at levels that exceeded agents on the ground.

The move comes just days after thousands of migrants were seen on video lined up along railroad tracks as a freight train passed nearly three hours south of Eagle Pass, Texas.

Border patrols have been overwhelmed to deal with the growing number of migrants, which last Tuesday exceeded 10,000 in one day. Reuters

Border patrols are overwhelmed as they deal with an unprecedented number of migrants, which last Tuesday topped 10,000 in one day.

A week earlier, there were reported to have been 12,000 migrant encounters in a single day, breaking daily records and still at levels that exceeded agents on the ground.

The Biden administration continues to fuel the border crisis from Republicans and Democrats, as well as state and local officials who say the president has not provided enough resources.

CBP said it plans to maximize enforcement efforts against any non-U.S. citizen who attempts to use illegal routes or processes to enter the country. Reuters

In its defense, the administration said it was dealing with a hemispheric crisis and asked Congress for more funding and comprehensive immigration reform to fix what it called a “broken” system.

The administration has requested an additional $14 billion in emergency supplemental funding from Congress, which includes $1.4 billion for “shelter and services” for migrants released from DHS custody.

The money is in addition to $800 million given to countries and NGOs to help deal with the many migrants released in the US

However, that funding has been stalled in Congress as Republican lawmakers have called for greater restrictions on asylum and humanitarian parole, a call that some Democrats have rejected.

Talks are ongoing between Senate Democrats and Republicans and the Biden administration to try to resolve the impasse, and Biden has said he is open to “significant compromises.”

The White House has reportedly expressed a willingness for restrictions, including Title 42-style removal powers and expanded detention, but it’s unclear whether that would be supported by Democrats or be enough for Republicans — including those in the House — to get their support.





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