Some lanes at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa ports of entry close ahead of migrant caravan

SAN DIEGO -- Some northbound lanes at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry will close starting Tuesday as equipment is installed ahead of the migrant caravan arrival at the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, at least three northbound lanes at San Ysidro Port of Entry and one lane at Otay Mesa Port of Entry will be closed for the installation of barbed wire, barriers, barricades and fencing. The materials are in preparation for the potential safety and security risk the caravan could cause, according to CBP.

The lanes are not expected to reopen until sometime after the caravan arrives.

“CBP has been and will continue to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “These preparations include training exercises, deploying additional CBP personnel, and partnering with the U.S. military to harden our ports of entry and the border area between those legal crossings into the U.S.”

Border officials recommend people traveling northbound to the U.S. prepare for the possibility of longer wait times due to the lane closures.

The Special Purpose Marine Task Force-7 from Camp Pendleton is already stationed at both the San Ysidro Port of Entry and at Otay Mesa.

A spokesperson confirmed to FOX 5 Monday troops are now also located in Imperial Beach and El Centro with plans to assist at the Caliexco Port of Entry.

The mission of SPMAGTF-7 continues to be supporting US Customs and Border Protection, enabling them to protect the Southern Border.