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Paso Del Norte Bridge reopens following overnight attempt by migrants to cross over

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CBP officers stand at the top of the Paso Del Norte International Bridge as a group of migrants attempts to cross over.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers closed down the Paso Del Norte Bridge in Downtown El Paso for roughly eight hours overnight after a large group of migrants attempted to cross over late Tuesday night.

The bridge reopened to pedestrians crossing at 4 a.m. and to vehicle traffic shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

According to TV Azteca in Juarez, the group attempting to cross the bridge was made up of Cuban immigrants.

Images from International Bridge surveillance cameras showed CBP officers blocking the pedestrian walkway.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, a CBP spokesman said the following...

"Shortly after 9 p.m. (Tuesday) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and CBP Special Response Team members assigned to the El Paso port of entry deployed barricades at the international boundary at the top of the Paso Del Norte international bridge to deter any potential large scale incursion of people who had gathered in Mexico earlier in the evening. Traffic was disrupted as CBP officers monitored the matter. There was no incursion."

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