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CBP counters fake online post

November 8, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants to correct a false social media post being circulated.

CBP sent out a statement saying a social media post — written in Spanish about bridge closures that begins with “ Aviso Importante ” and contains a DHS seal — is false.

In its statement, CBP says it is conducting operational readiness exercises, but they should not impede the flow of cross-border traffic at the international bridges.

Phil Barrera, CBP supervisor/public affairs liaison, said the agency encourages residents to remain vigilant and to check thoroughly the source of any type of announcement.

“ We’re just advising everyone not to get alerted or confused with that type of information that was circulating,” Barrera said.

CBP alerted residents about the fake post on its social media accounts, stating it is “completely” false and did not come from the agency.

Although the exercises will continue, the bridges will remain open.

“ CBP is currently monitoring the situation regarding the caravan migrating from Central America toward the U.S. border,” the statement reads. “We continually assess the capabilities of our facilities throughout the Southwest border and have been making — and will continue to make — necessary preparations. These include participating in operational readiness exercises and the mobilization of resources as needed to ensure the facilitation of lawful trade and travel.”

The agency also stated it will be reinforcing staffing to ensure it can address any contingency.

“ Regardless of the operational contingencies we may face, please know this: we will ensure border security — we will not allow a large group to enter the US unlawfully,” the statement reads. “We will act in accordance with the highest principles of law enforcement; and we will treat intending migrants humanely and professionally at all times. CBP’s highest priority is the safety and security of the American people, the traveling public, CBP personnel and the communities in which we serve.”

jsanchez@brownsvilleherald.com

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