Most of the migrants stay within a three-block radius of the sports complex that faces the towering metal walls topped with barbed wire at the U.S. -Mexico border.
Tensions have built as almost 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road - and with many more months likely ahead of them while they seek asylum in the U.S. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000.
The agency, with the help of troops from the Department of Defense, "appropriately responded by blocking the lanes, deploying additional personnel and seeking assistance from other law enforcement and federal assets", she said, sharing pictures of concertina wire put up around the port of entry.
Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said they have arrested 34 members of the caravan of Central American migrants for minor offences and turned them over for deportation. There is a legal and illegal way to enter the US. Contrary to reports by the media and immigrant activists, DHS officials said, the vast majority of the migrants are men, not women and children.More news: Trump’s Finland fire claim sparks ‘rake news’ reports in Nordic nation
The agency also suspended processing northbound pedestrians at the San Ysidro Pedestrian East Facility but travelers can still use the West Facility.
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On Monday, DHS officials told reporters that their intelligence on Sunday night had indicated that a group of migrants wanted to run through the vehicle lanes of a border crossing near San Diego.
Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who is overseeing the troop deployment at the border, told Politico on Monday that the Pentagon will begin heading home as soon as this week after completing the tasks of fortifying ports of entry and building base camps.More news: Two new St. Michael’s College School incidents under investigation
Lane closures were previously announced for November 13, at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.
Currently, the troops serving on the border may act in self-defense, but they do not have the authority to intervene if CBP personnel are overwhelmed by migrants. The US secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, said that the lanes had been closed temporarily, claiming that Border Patrol officials had been notified that "a large [number] of caravan migrants were planning to rush the border in an attempt to gain illegal access to the US".
USA border inspectors are processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego.
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Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has made a point of saying the city is not comfortable with the caravan that began arriving last week, and he compared the Central American group unfavourably with about 3,000 Haitians who ended up in this city bordering San Diego on a failed bid to reach the United States past year.