A border dispute has escalated on the border between California and Arizona as thousands of San Antonio residents, many of whom are immigrants, are refusing to cross.
Key points:Hundreds of San Antonians refuse to cross the border with Arizona border guardsThe standoff started after the US government said it was shutting down a new bridge at the border in an effort to stem the flow of illegal border crossingsThe US Department of Homeland Security says the new bridge will help ease traffic flow from the borderThe issue has drawn protests in San Ansonio, where residents and businesses have set up roadblocks on the highway and erected barricades to block the border.
A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Transportation said on Wednesday the bridge will be operational by next week, but the border will remain closed.
“There will be no new crossing,” she said.
“The existing border fence will remain in place.”‘
We are not afraid’The border was closed in mid-September after the Department of Justice accused the Trump administration of breaching the law.
But the Trump Administration said it will close the fence to prevent the flow for the sake of public safety.
“We are absolutely not afraid of the border,” a spokesperson for Arizona Department in a statement said.
“The current construction on the fence is a temporary measure that will end at the end of the month.”
Border patrol officers have been seen on social media standing on the busy road, and the Arizona Bureau of Investigation has issued a public warning that it is looking into reports of illegal immigration.
“This is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed by the US Department Homeland Security,” the Arizona Border Patrol said in a message.
The US government has been trying to convince the region to take the border off the table.
It has promised to close the border if it can not stop the flow.
But a group of San Antonio residents has been staging roadblocks in the area for months.
The standoff has attracted protesters in San Antonio and San Anonio.
“What I’m afraid of is that it will become more and more of a political issue,” said Joaquin Reyes, an immigrant and member of the San Antonio chapter of the Latino Alliance for Social Justice.
“When the border becomes a political topic, it becomes a real problem.”
People are getting really nervous and afraid.
There are people that don’t know what’s going on and we’re trying to keep them calm.
“Reyes said the group is planning to stage a rally at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday to urge the US to reopen the border to help stem the surge in illegal border crossers.”
I’m scared for the future, I’m scared that the next wave of illegals will come through the border and kill us,” he said.