U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers participate in a scheduled large-scale operational readiness exercise at the San Ysidro Port of Entry border crossing as seen from Tijuana, Mexico, November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All border traffic was halted on Sunday at the busy crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said, as hundreds of Central American migrants massed at the border intending to apply for asylum in the United States.
Traffic in both directions has been suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry, the agency said on Twitter.
U.S. President Donald Trump has raised alarms about the caravan of migrants as it approached the United States, and has deployed military forces to the border to support the Border Patrol.
Reporting by Lucia Mutikani and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Peter Cooney