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Authorities seek bi-national solutions to ongoing migrant surge in El Paso

JUAREZ, Chihuahua (KVIA) -- Migrants continue to line up at different parts of the border wall, waiting to be processed and accepted into the U.S.

In the last weeks, big groups of migrants have been seen along the U.S.-Mexico border heading to turn themselves into U.S. officials.

But this Monday, long lines were seen at different access points of the border wall; hundreds of migrants staying there.

This surge has caused the temporary suspension of commercial crossings at the Bridge of the Americas and an increase of lines at Ysleta, Santa Teresa, and Tornillo.

Now that exports and imports have been paused or stuck because of the wait times, this has impacted directly the maquiladora business and other jobs in Juarez and El Paso.

This has also made the Texas Military Department to send more troops and equipment to the border as the state wants to keep safeguarding the border with Mexico.

Juarez officials and the mayor have mentioned, this will not stop because of the area where we live.

The mayor of Juarez, Cruz Pérez Cuéllar also confirmed migrants are not staying long in Juarez. Once they arrive, they stay a day or two before trying to cross to the U.S.

Train transports in Mexico have been shut down as well. FERROMEX announced the suspension of 60 trains across Mexico, as this has been the primary means of transportation for migrants recently.

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Heriberto Perez Lara reports for ABC-7 on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.


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