Washington Examiner: US shuts down busiest border crossing between Mexico, California19 November 2018 | 18:41 | FOCUS News Agency
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.
"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.
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