Matamoros Violence Leads to Heightened Security at Port of Entry Bridges


POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 4:19pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 8:20am

There is heightened security at three international bridges here in the lower valley, which all lead from a violence stricken Matamoros, Mexico into the U.S.

As of Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents tell News Center 23, they are in constant communication with the Mexican government, after the eruption of gun fire left bullets holes in buildings, cars and people over the weekend.

"We have knowledge that there's something happening in Mexico and of course our officers are ready for any kind of situation that might arise." said Eddie Perez, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

At the Veteran's International Bridge on Monday, traffic flowed as usual as Mexican choppers flew over head and questionable smoke billowed in the distance.

With the dangers going on south of the border, U.S. Homeland Security is making sure that violence, and those participating, don't make it onto U.S. soil.

"'We have some security measures we are taking, some of which are visible to the public, some of which are not." said Perez.

A Mexican American who has lived in Brownsville since 1952 says crossing into Mexico isn't even an option.

"I wouldn't go in if you paid me." said the senior citizen.

He comes to the park, near the B&M Bridge about twice a day. All that separates him from Matamoros is the border fence and the Rio Grande River. He says that's as close as he intends to get to his native land.

"They kill people all the time, I don't want to get killed for dumb dumb over there in Mexico." added the Mexican-American citizen.

While the immediate danger remains in Mexico, border protection say they'll continue taking extra precaution while processing vehicles entering Texas. A contingency plan is also in place so that quick action can be taken by agents if a major incident should occur on the U.S. side of any of the three bridges.


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