Border Town Closed

( – Small business owners and entrepreneurs relying on tourism for a living suffer as in Lukeville, Arizona, a significant shift has occurred due to ongoing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations in the area.

The Organ Pipe National Monument, typically a tourist attraction, now bears a warning sign advising visitors to avoid entering the area. This change comes as a result of a continuous influx of mostly African migrants crossing the border and seeking asylum in the United States.

Breitbart Texas reported this development through a video showcasing the CBP signage at the monument’s entrance, warning travelers of the situation ahead. The footage reveals that CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) personnel, usually responsible for managing legitimate travel and cargo at the port of entry, are now undertaking roles traditionally assigned to Border Patrol agents.

The Lukeville port of entry, which usually facilitates trade and travel, is currently deserted. Border Patrol agents are seen shuttling migrants from the Organ Pipe National Monument to processing facilities. The video captures a significant number of migrants trekking along the border wall, aiming to find Border Patrol agents to whom they can surrender.

Instead of encountering Border Patrol, these migrants are met by OFO staff from the closed port of entry. These personnel are seen organizing the migrants in a staging area and loading them into vans to be transported out of the desert.

The closure of the Lukeville port, which has lasted over a week, has severely impacted local businesses dependent on tourist travel. Establishments like convenience stores, restaurants, and duty-free shops have been forced to close, with uncertain prospects for reopening.

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (D) recently visited Lukeville, following a strongly-worded letter to the White House criticizing the port’s closure. Hobbs is seeking $512 million in federal funds to help Arizona cope with the migrant surge. She expressed concerns about the humanitarian crisis and risks to Arizona’s safety and commerce due to the port’s closure.

Despite Governor Hobbs’ appeals, the influx of migrants continues unabated, leaving Lukeville in a state of shutdown.

This surge at the Arizona border has led to an increase in migrants being released into the United States to pursue asylum claims. With Border Patrol-operated facilities operating beyond capacity, there are reports of migrants waiting days for transportation away from the border wall in Lukeville.