Border Patrol is temporarily suspending operations at an Arizona border crossing effective today.
The agency is now redirecting all traffic from the Lukeville border crossing to other ports of entry. The move is meant to free up agents to deal with “increased levels of migrant encounters” in the Tucson sector.
Border officials tell ABC News the sector is currently experiencing the most migrant encounters of any area along the southern border, more than 55,000 in October alone. This comes as last week officials were forced to close a vehicle checkpoint in Eagle Pass, Texas, due to a migrant influx there.
To date, there have been nearly 380,000 migrant encounters in the first two months of Fiscal Year 2024, down from a record-breaking 413,000 during the same time last year.