Driving into San Diego from Tijuana is going to take a little extra time. Customs and Border Protection is closing several northbound traffic lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry starting today while extra fencing and barricades are being installed to prepare for the arrival of the migrant caravan.
At least three lanes in San Ysidro and one lane in Otay Mesa are being shut down for potential safety and security risks associated with the caravan. The closures are an effort by the Department of Defense to install concertina wire, and pre-positioning jersey barriers, barricades, and fencing as requested by CBP under Operation Secure Line.
“The materials will be used to help strengthen border security, to ensure the safety of the American people, the traveling public, CBP personnel and the communities in which we serve,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego.
CBP warns that people traveling north to the U.S. should anticipate delays. “CBP has been and will continue to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States,” Flores said.
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