Problems Lie Ahead for the San Ysidro Port of Entry
The busiest land crossing in the entire world will now become even busier as a result of a 6,000-plus Central American caravan headed to the region and President Trump’s recent proclamation on asylum laws.
According to reports, the migrant caravan has departed from Mexico City bound for the San Ysidro Port of Entry, a location just south of San Diego, with some reports indicating that members of this caravan have already reached the border crossing.
With thousands of Central American migrants headed to this port of entry, Border Patrol agents may have significant problems in addressing the unprecedented flows of asylum seekers as the crossing is already overrun with backlogs of asylum cases.
Just a few months ago, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated that the wait time at this particular crossing was 1,000 people long, while the port can only process 50 to 100 people a day.
This is certainly an area for concern as the port of entry has a previous history of having inadequate detention space, staffing shortages, and not enough resources to deal with increased flows of migrants.
While President Trump’s recent proclamation helps by prohibiting large numbers of migrants from crossing illegally into the country and then requesting asylum, the change in policy will drive up numbers of asylum seekers at ports of entries, especially at San Ysidro.
Border Patrol officials will not only have to assist this new group of individuals who aim to cross legally, but will also have to address the thousands from the Central American caravans, as well as those who remain currently waiting at the port of entry. In total, the port could see its highest amount of traffic in its history during the next month.
In a lame duck session, in which Congress is still controlled by Republicans and has the ability to increase the Department of Homeland Security’s border security funding in early December, there is no better opportunity than now to secure the busiest land crossing in the entire world. Without more resources and funding, San Ysidro could be overwhelmed.