UPDATE (4:47 P.M.) – The Gateway International Bridge has been reopened. According to officials, the bridge was closed for a second time to complete a drill.
Update showing the bridge reopening:
UPDATE (4:33 P.M.) – The Gateway International Bridge has been closed again. The exact reasoning is not clear at this time.
UPDATE: CBS 4 has learned that the Gateway International Bridge has been reopened following a protest that occurred this morning.
Officials with CBP have released a statement on a closure taking place at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville.
According to officials, both the Gateway and Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridges were closed to traffic overnight on Thursday as 250 to 300 undocumented migrants attempted to enter the U.S through the ports of entry at about 1:30 a.m. The Brownsville Matamoros International Bridge resumed operations at about 3:45 a.m, according to CBP.
Officials add that those participating in the Migrant Protection Protocols who had court dates scheduled for today will be rescheduled.
At this time, the Gateway International Bridge remains closed and there is no estimated time as to when operations will resume.
Read CBP’s full statement below:
Bridge traffic at Gateway International Bridge and B&M International Bridges was temporarily halted at about 1:30 a.m. after a group of 250-300 migrants without entry documents had gathered at the midpoint of the Gateway Bridge. CBP has responded and traffic at B&M International Bridge resumed at about 3:45 a.m.As of 8:30 a.m., traffic at Gateway Bridge remains closed in both directions. Those MPP participants with immigration court hearings this morning are being rescheduled for a later date. CBP continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates.
The Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville is currently shut down, according to officials with Customs and Border Protection.
Officials add the closure is due to a protest happening on the Mexican side. CBP says commuters needing to cross into the U.S can take the Free Trade Bridge in Los Indios, the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville or the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge.
As of right now, there is no estimated time as to when the bridge will reopen.