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The United States will reopen four legal crossings along the southern border this Thursday, following a temporary closure due to a surge in migrant encounters.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the crossings in Texas, Arizona, and California are set to resume operations at varying times in the morning. This decision comes a month after the agency initially shut down several crossings, attributing the closure to increased migrant numbers and smuggling activities.
The crossings scheduled to reopen are located in Eagle Pass, Texas; San Diego, California; Lukeville, Arizona; and Nogales, Arizona.
In a statement, CBP emphasized its ongoing commitment to border security, saying, “CBP will continue to prioritize our border security mission as necessary in response to this evolving situation.”
The reopening comes amid political pressures, with 60 GOP lawmakers planning a Wednesday visit to the Eagle Pass border crossing. This visit aims to intensify discussions on border security, especially as Speaker Mike Johnson has called on President Biden to take immediate executive action to address escalating border issues.
In his letter to President Biden, Speaker Johnson said, “Statutory reforms designed to restore operational control at our southern border must be enacted, but the crisis at our southern border has deteriorated to such an extent that significant action can wait no longer. It must start now, and it must start with you.”