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DEL RIO, TEXAS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) Laredo Field Office will temporarily close the Amistad Dam International Bridge for a 30-day period to mitigate recent flows of credible fear claimants at a facility not designated for such processing.
On Monday May 13, 2019, the Amistad Dam Port of Entry, located at 877 Spur 239 in Del Rio, Texas will cease their normal operating hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (7 days a week) and temporarily close for an initial period of 30 days. Any migrant wishing to make a credible fear claim may do so at the Del Rio Port of Entry, the designated port within the area with the capacity and facilities to process credible fear claims.
“We continue to work toward protecting our border while facilitating legitimate travel and trade at our port of entry as we continue to support the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector,” said Port Director Liliana Flores, Del Rio Port of Entry. “This temporary closure will allow us to focus on other operational priorities to advance CBP’s border security mission.”
Resources (including personnel) utilized at the Amistad Dam will be reassigned to the Del Rio Port of Entry with the purpose of providing relief for the surge of migrants being processed and elevated wait times the Del Rio Port of Entry has been recently experiencing. Officers assigned to the Del Rio Port of Entry continue their current deployment in the Rio Grande Sector as well.
Alternate routing for the processing of traffic will be the Del Rio Port Of Entry located at 3140 Spur 239 in Del Rio, Texas. At this time, cargo operations at the Del Rio Port of Entry remain unaffected. Closure of the Amistad Dam will be reassessed at the end of the 30-day period to determine if an extended closure is needed.
Border Wait Times can be checked via this link or also obtained in the BWT App on smartphones via Apple App Store and Google Play (CBP BWT) so wait times can be observed at all the border crossings within the Laredo Field Office in order to make an informed decision on which bridge to use. These wait times are updated on an hourly basis.
For the latest information about the current humanitarian and border security crisis on the Southwest Border, please read the testimony of Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations Todd Owen and Director, Joint Task Force-West, Department of Homeland Security Manuel Padilla Jr. before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration: