DoD and CBP personnel laid the jersey walls and concertina wire. (Photo:Twitter @SecNielsen)

CBP Halts San Ysidro Traffic, Preps for Caravan with Barriers, Concertina Wire

U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporarily suspended northbound pedestrian processing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Monday in preparation for the arrival of a caravan of migrants from Central America. The lanes were closed for three hours so that Department of Defense and CBP personnel could install jersey barriers and concertina wire.

CBP received reports that members of the caravan were going to attempt to rush the border illegally rather than cross the border and turn themselves in to seek asylum. Border Patrol officials then suspended the northbound lanes, but there were no attempted crossings.

The suspension went into effect at 3:15 a.m. and the lanes were reopened at 6:25 a.m.

“CBP will not allow for the unlawful entry of persons into the United States, at or between our ports of entry,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego. “Waiting until a large group of persons mass at the border to attempt an illegal crossing is too late for us; we need to be prepared prior to when they arrive at the border crossing.”

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Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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