The U.S. is continuing to see increased levels of migrant encounters at the southwest border fueled by smugglers peddling disinformation to prey on vulnerable individuals and encourage migration. As we respond with additional resources and apply consequences for unlawful entry, the migration trends shift as well. We continue to adjust our operational plans to maximize enforcement efforts against those noncitizens who do not use lawful pathways or appointment processes such as CBP One™.
Beginning December 9, 2023, at 6 a.m. PST, CBP’s Office of Field Operations will temporarily suspend operations at the Pedestrian West crossing in San Ysidro, California, in order to redirect personnel to assist the U.S. Border Patrol with taking migrants into custody. CBP will open as many lanes as possible at the Pedestrian East and Otay Mesa crossings to accommodate the potential increase in crossers at those locations.
In response to this influx in encounters, we will continue to surge all available resources to expeditiously and safely process migrants. We will maximize consequences against those without a legal basis to remain in the United States. CBP will continue to prioritize our border security mission as necessary in response to this evolving situation. CBP has recently made other announcements, to include the temporary suspension of operations at the International Bridge 1 in Eagle Pass, Texas, and at the Lukeville, Arizona, border crossing. CBP is also closely monitoring reports of a resurgence of smuggling organizations moving migrants through Mexico via freight trains and commercial buses. We will take all necessary enforcement actions to address this concerning development. CBP will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.