For the Americans trapped there, and their families overseas, announcements of developments at the border created false hopes. Various reports that the crossing would open at a specific day and time repeatedly turned out to be incorrect. As already-slim food supplies dwindle, the masses of people gathered at the border crossing only grow.
“We will continue to provide updates as we have them,” a line in the State Department’s message to Americans read. “We anticipate any opening will occur on short notice.”