Credit: Eagle Pass Press
(CNN) -- A new surge in migrant encounters at the U.S. southern border forced federal officials to reassign staff, reducing and leading to the temporary suspension of vehicle processing at two U.S.-Mexico international ports of entry — in Texas and Arizona, specifically — according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). on Monday.
"The United States continues to see increasing levels of migrant encounters at the southwest border, driven by smugglers who trade in disinformation to prey on vulnerable people and encourage migration," CBP said in the statement.
The Eagle Pass International Bridge 1 in Texas temporarily suspended vehicle processing operations starting at 4 p.m. ET, the agency said. At the same time, vehicle processing was temporarily reduced at the Lukeville International Crossing in Arizona, he added.
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CBP personnel working at those two locations will be reassigned "to assist the U.S. Border Patrol in apprehending immigrants," according to CBP.
The chief of the Border Patrol in Tucson, Arizona, hinted at the reorganization of resources on Sunday, when he took to X to say that the sector's "social media accounts will be temporarily reduced" due to the "ongoing immigration surge."
"Right now, all available personnel are needed to deal with the unprecedented flow. The social media team will return once the situation allows," Tucson Border Patrol Chief John R. Modlin posted on X.
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Many of the places in southern Arizona where migrants turn themselves in to border authorities are not easily accessible and require the use of smaller off-road vehicles for transportation, a CBP spokesperson told CNN.
The Tucson Border Patrol sector had the highest number of border encounters in October, with more than 55,000 migrant border crossings, followed by the Del Rio sector with more than 38,000, which includes Eagle Pass, Texas, CBP data shows.
The Border Patrol encountered more than 188,000 migrants at the U.S. southern border in October, a drop of about 14% from the previous month, when more than 218,000 migrants were encountered, according to CBP data.
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