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El Paso ports of entry seeing a significant increase in wait times

EL PASO, Texas -- Regular border travelers have reported an increase in their wait times since the weekend.

Longer lines and longer wait times is what you can expect to see if you go to El Paso. This also has to do with the month of December, more people traveling and shopping could cause the long lines.

Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that they will start to enhance inspections at the bridges.

According to Deputy City Manager Mario D'Agostino, Customs and Border Protection officers are set to be pulled away from their regular jobs to help process migrants at the ports of entry.

Some commercial drivers coming from Juarez have told ABC-7 that they've seen an increase in the lines and the time waits.

Again, this is a combination of the season where we are right now and the change of CBP officers to help process migrants at the Paso Del Norte bridge.

Wednesday, the Bridge of the Americas saw a significant increase in its lines for regular drivers. Truck lanes seemed empty in the afternoon, this varies every day.

At the Santa Teresa port of entry was the other way around, with more lines for trucks than for regular drivers.

We'll continue to update this story as the days pass to see how much the time waits would increase or not.

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


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