- Apr 28, 2015
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- Third Coast
- Political Leaning
Source: (CNN) US shuts down major San Diego port of entry as migrants rush border(CNN) US Customs and Border Protection has closed road and pedestrian bridges in both directions at the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the largest land border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
The closures come as around 500 migrants overwhelmed federal and local Mexican police blockades and rushed toward the US border near Tijuana, Mexico.
The crowds are made up of men, women and a lot of children, said CNN stringer Alfredo Alvarez, who is in the crowd.
Because the regular border crossings were closed, the migrants headed for the cargo area where the railroad crosses, Alvarez said.
The migrants appeared to be meters from the US border wall, he said. He could not see from his position if the migrants had managed to get across the actual border.
It's currently a fast developing story, with only partial context.
From on-air reports, it seems the normal processing of asylum-seekers at this crossing is 60-100 per day. There is a tightly-packed migrant protest camp of 5,000 just across the border in Mexico, courtesy of the Mexican government and humane organizations. Just moments ago they eschewed the regular queue on the bridge to the border crossing, instead moving ad hoc to the end of the Mexican border, not able to reach the U.S. side (as of this moment).
In response the administration shut-down all crossings at this border, including both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in both directions (to & fro).
My comment on this? Marone! It's going to be a helluva' post holiday-weekend Monday morning commute! :doh
Edit: There seems to be some discrepancy over the size of this group, with MSNBC reporting a nearby migrant camp of 5K, and CNN reporting a group of 500 going to the border. I'm not sure if these two reports are necessarily exclusive to each other, but wanted to reflect this on-air development in my post.