US closes major San Diego port of entry as migrants rush border

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TIJUANA, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 25: A U.S. Marine helicopter patrols above migrants gathered atop a train car near the U.S.-Mexico border fence on November 25, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico. Migrants made their way to the location along the border after circumventing a police blockade as they attempted to approach the El Chaparral port of entry. […]

U.S. border officials have temporarily closed a port of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border as thousands of Central American migrants wait in Tijuana to apply for asylum in the U.S.

The port of entry at San Ysidro, north of Tijuana and south of San Diego, have been closed since about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement.

Some demonstrators on the Mexico side of the border “split off to heard towards multiple locations along the border,” and some attempted to enter the U.S. in areas “directly east and west” of the border crossing, the release stated. Some also attempted to enter the U.S. through northbound and southbound vehicle lanes at the port of entry, but they were “stopped and turned back to Mexico,” according to CBP.

The attempts to “illegally enter the U.S.” continued and CBP agents responded to them, it said.

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