US shuts down busiest border crossing between Mexico, California

U.S. border officials on Monday shut down all vehicular traffic flowing north from Mexico into California at the country's busiest border crossing and diverted staff to help bulk up the infrastructure and security there, in anticipation of the arrival of thousands of migrants traveling in caravans from Central America.

The San Ysidro port of entry, which processes 20,000 pedestrians and 70,000 vehicles moving from Tijuana to San Diego each day, closed all passenger and commercial lanes and one of its two pedestrian crossings.

The port's 26 passenger lanes and 22 pedestrian lanes see more traffic than any in the entire Western Hemisphere.

[Read more: Migrants from caravan begin climbing border fence in Tijuana]

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have temporarily suspended vehicle processing for northbound travelers at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday morning to position additional port hardening materials," CBP, the federal agency that oversees all port activity, said in a statement issued Monday.

An unspecified number of "temporary impediment measures," or objects meant to block people from entering, including razor wire and Jersey barriers, were being set up at the port. "After the materials are in position, CBP will resume processing northbound vehicle traffic in select lanes at the border crossing," CBP said.

In a follow-up email, a CBP spokesperson confirmed the shutdown was being done to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of additional people at the border.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan to the United States through the Southwest border," according to the email. "Part of those preparations include installation of temporary impediment measures at and between the Ports of Entry, such as concertina wire or Jersey barriers."

Travel flowing southbound was unaffected by Monday's move. People crossing on foot were directed to the Pedestrian West facility while the east one was closed.

Last week, CBP shut down a few lanes at San Ysidro and the nearby Otay Mesa port to install and pre-position similar blockades.

CBP did not state how long all northbound traffic was suspended Monday.


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Comment by Inretrospect on November 20, 2018 at 9:08am

I didn't see this possibility coming (whether or not it is true... we'll soon see).

"The rumor is that the same attitude is being taken by the more influential people in Tijuana, who gave the caravan 24 hour notice that it had better be out of town and never return, or they'd all be killed because they are destroying commerce and ruining the safety and security."

Source: ; (aka: Jim Stone)

Comment by Inretrospect on November 19, 2018 at 4:03pm

Maintain the closed Mexican border, and let Soros & the UN pay to provide food, shelter, and medical care to the refugees or, pay to return them home.

Charity starts at home, and we haven't even scratched the surface for the hungry, homeless, and sick Americans and Veterans we have living in our streets. 

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