Pharr city officials reported a situation regarding a blockade on the Mexican side of the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. 

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official, the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge has been stopped since 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Organized by protesters in response to certain conditions in their industry, according to a CBP official, the blockade blocked access to the Pharr bridge with agricultural tractors and machinery. 

CBP spokesman Phil Barrera clarified earlier that the participants are Mexican agriculture farmers. 

Last April, a similar protest occurred at the city’s port of entry, as Mexican farmers set up blockades from time to time due to not receiving the wages they believe they are owed from the government. 

Since last night, the port of entry did not receive any commercial traffic, according to a CBP official. 

As the blockade continued Thursday, city officials say commercial traffic was diverted to neighboring ports of entry, which CBP officials add is a response due to established business resumption measures.  

According to officials, about 150 Mexican protesters are blocking access to the Pharr Bridge with agricultural tractors and machinery. (Courtesy photo)

Pharr officials, according to the news release, urge the public to avoid the area and find alternative travel plans to and from Mexico, in addition to monitoring the situation.  

City spokeswoman Karina Cardoza said an update on the situation is expected soon. 

According to the news release, the situation is not isolated; protestors have set up at all ports of entry along the South Texas and Mexico border. 

Early in the day Pharr officials said, due to early indications, the blockade will subside within the next couple of hours, according to the release.

However, as of 5:30 p.m., CBP officials said the blockade was ongoing; once resolved, officials said they’ll resume operations.

At 8 p.m., city officials reported the Pharr International Bridge resumed operations as the situation, according to a news release, came to a resolution.

Bridge Director Luis Bazan said the port of entry will prioritize the northbound cargo first, then the southbound traffic.

Bazan also said, according to the news release, CBP will operate after hours until midnight to ensure all the northbound goods moved through the bridge.


This story was updated at 9:35 p.m. to include an update from the City of Pharr.