Northbound Traffic From Tijuana Halted to Stop Migrant Caravan

Northbound traffic from the San Ysidro border crossing near Tijuana has been temporarily halted while “border hardening” construction takes place, per NBC News:

Lanes into the United States from Mexico have been temporarily shut down at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as crews secure the border in response to a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America.

A message from CBP said they had temporarily suspended northbound vehicle processing as they “position additional port hardening materials.”

The lanes would be reopened after the process was completed, CBP said. It was not clear how long the positioning would take. …

More than 1,100 Marines have been deployed to assist CBP with Operation Secure Line, a “border hardening” mission meant to prepare the area’s infrastructure for the arrival of thousands of people among the migrant caravan seeking asylum in the United States.

CBP said the Marines’ specific duties include installing barbed wire to make walls less scalable, and reinforcing construction areas so that people could not cross into them.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Tijuana residents are about as happy with the migrant’s arrival as we are here in the states.

Many of the nearly 3,000 Central American migrants who have reached the Mexican border with California via caravan said Saturday they do not feel welcome in the city of Tijuana, where hundreds more migrants are headed after more than a month on the road.

The vast majority were camped at an outdoor sports complex, sleeping on a dirt baseball field and under bleachers with a view of the steel walls topped by barbed wire at the newly reinforced U.S.-Mexico border. The city opened the complex after other shelters were filled to capacity. Church groups provided portable showers, bathrooms and sinks. The federal government estimates the migrant crowd in Tijuana could soon swell to 10,000.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants’ arrival an “avalanche” that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims. U.S. border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana’s main crossing to San Diego. Asylum seekers register their names in a tattered notebook managed by migrants themselves that had more than 3,000 names even before the caravan arrived.

While many in Tijuana are sympathetic to the migrants’ plight and trying to assist, some locals have shouted insults, hurled rocks and even thrown punches at the migrants.

The anger of the the Tijuana residents will only grow in the coming days and weeks as it becomes clear the caravan will not be allowed to enter the USA.

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