UPDATE: U.S.-Mexico bridge in Downtown El Paso is open

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UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Video shared to KTSM from MVS Noticias El Paso/Juarez show law enforcement officers practicing formations on the Santa Fe bridge.

There does not appear to be any vehicles or pedestrians on the bridge at the time, however, CBP said in a statement that the training only cause delays and did not shut down the bridge. 

Other videos on social media, show cars traveling by the training exercise. 

The officers appear to be practicing tactical methods specifically to block attacks. On Monday, reports surface of violent clashes between migrants and Mexican police. 

UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): The Santa Fe bridge in Downtown El Paso is open.

A CBP spokesman sent KTSM another email stating the following:

“There aren’t any closures. CBP officers are participating in readiness exercises as mentioned in the statement,” the statement said “This may cause a short delay but we are open and processing arriving traffic.”

The spokesman added this will be happening at all Southwest ports of entry.

However, the CBP bridge wait time website still has “Lanes Closed” for the Stanton bridge’s Pedestrian and standard passenger vehicle lanes. 

ORIGINAL: All lanes coming into El Paso from Mexico have been closed on the Stanton Bridge in Downtown El Paso.

The closure is not affecting the traffic at the Bridge of Americas, Paso Del Norte or Ysleta ports of entry.

KTSM reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A CBP spokesman emailed the following statement:

“CBP is currently monitoring the situation regarding the caravan migrating from Central America toward the U.S. border. We continually assess the capabilities of our facilities throughout the Southwest border and have been making – and will continue to make – necessary preparations.  These include participating in operational readiness exercises and the mobilization of resources as needed to ensure the facilitation of lawful trade and travel.”

He also said, “Additionally, we will be reinforcing staffing, well in advance, to ensure that we can address any contingency, with support from interagency partners. Regardless of the operational contingencies we may face, please know this: we will ensure border security – we will not allow a large group to enter the US unlawfully; we will act in accordance with the highest principles of law enforcement; and we will treat intending migrants humanely and professionally at all times. CBP’s highest priority is the safety and security of the American people, the traveling public, CBP personnel and the communities in which we serve.”

KTSM has a crew at the bridge trying to get more information. 

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