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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:47 am

Long wait lines at two international bridges are continuing this week as U.S. Customs and Border Protection shifts resources in response to caravans of Central Americans arriving on the southwest border.

On Tuesday morning at the Gateway International Bridge, there was an hour wait at 9 a.m. in the passenger vehicle Standard Lane and Ready Lane, with one lane of each open. There are a maximum of five passenger vehicle and five pedestrian lanes at Gateway. As of 9 a.m., just one standard pedestrian lane was open with an hour wait, but the Readylane experienced no delay.

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Passenger vehicles entering Brownsville through Veterans International Bridge were experiencing wait times that were twice as long Tuesday morning, with two Standard Lanes and the Readylane experiencing two-hour waits.

At the B&M International Bridge, which has two of four vehicle lanes open, including a Readylane, waits were 30 minutes. One of two pedestrian lanes is open and the wait is an hour.

CBP Spokesman Elias Rodriguez said in a statement that Brownsville ports of entry have been experiencing heavier than normal traffic, which he attributed last week to a recent holiday in Mexico and the weekend, coupled with temporary fluctuations in staffing contributing to longer wait times at border crossings.

"Additionally, CBP continues to monitor the situation regarding several caravans migrating from Central America toward the U.S. border," Rodriguez said in a statement. "We continually assess the capabilities of our facilities throughout the Southwest border and have been making - and will continue to make - necessary preparations."

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