Report of Migrant Caravan Members Possibly Trying to Rush Into SoCal Illegally Prompts Closure of U.S. Port of Entry Lanes

Hundreds of Tijuana residents hold a protest and rally at the Cuauhtemoc monument downtown on Sunday, demanding an end to the Central American immigrant caravans passing through Mexico. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of Tijuana residents hold a protest and rally at the Cuauhtemoc monument downtown on Sunday, demanding an end to the Central American immigrant caravans passing through Mexico. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

After U.S. Customs and Border Protection received information about migrant caravan members gathering in Tijuana for a possible attempt to rush illegally through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the agency temporarily suspended some operations there early Monday, officials said.

CBP officials temporarily suspended processing for all northbound vehicle traffic at the border crossing, as well as northbound pedestrian processing at the Pedestrian East facility, at about 3:15 a.m. Officials had received reports “of groups of persons from the caravan gathering in the city of Tijuana for a possible attempt or attempts to rush illegally through the port of entry instead of presenting themselves as required to a CBP officer,” the agency said in a statement.

Operations were suspended so that impediments could be placed at the port of entry “that would restrict access to a large group attempting to run through the border crossing.” The lanes were closed to install additional port hardening materials at the port of entry, to include jersey barriers and concertina wire.

After the response, the agency said, no activity materialized at the border crossing.

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