After clashes near the official port of entry yesterday, it was quickly closed in both directions by border agents, an unusual move at the end of a busy holiday weekend. People on foot and in cars waited in long lines for several hours. The port averages around 70,000 vehicle and 20,000 pedestrian crossings a day.
Late Sunday evening, the port was reopened, and as cars began filing in, people cheered.
Mexican authorities said 39 migrants were arrested Sunday, and said they plan to deport those who tried to enter the U.S. illegally.
Mexico’s government says since mid-October, when the first caravan arrived, they have sent 11,000 Central Americans back to their home countries.
On Thursday, the Mexican government issued a statement saying it was requesting help from the United Nations’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in dealing with the crisis in Tijuana. However, OCHA spokesman Russell Geekie told CBS News on Sunday that neither OCHA nor the U.N.’s Resident Coordinator in Mexico had received any requests for help.