Int'l Bridge Wait Times Affecting Raymondville Man with Medical Needs

1 year 10 months 1 week ago Friday, July 05 2019 Jul 5, 2019 July 05, 2019 4:01 PM July 05, 2019 in News - Local

RAYMONDVILLE – A Rio Grande Valley man says crossing times at the ports of entry are getting out of control.

Victor Ruvalcaba is from Raymondville, but travels to Reynosa for his medical needs.

"I spent six hours crossing the bridge on Thursday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.," he says.

Ruvalcaba tells us he's older and diabetic; he was also traveling alone.

He says sitting in a long line of vehicles waiting hours to get back into the U.S. was an extremely frustrating situation.

Ruvalcaba is concerned there is no help available for people like him on the bridge, in case of a medical emergency.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

In a statement, spokesman Phil Barrera tells us an unexpected event took place that day:

"Customs and Border Protection deployed officers, agents and concertina wire to temporarily close the Hidalgo International Bridge in response to a group of more than 60 undocumented aliens that had attempted to enter the port without inspection."

He says this is a technique used to stop immigrants from forcefully surging the ports of entry.

Barrera adds:

"In recent days there have been several large groups that have attempted to circumvent the inspection process by running through the vehicle lanes.  This is incredibly dangerous and places our officers and the traveling public in danger."

Ruvalcaba says innocent bystanders like him are also being affected by the current immigration crisis at the border.

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