Heightened security ‘Couldn’t have come at a worse time’
By Curt Prendergast
Arizona Daily Star
Nov 16, 2018
“We want to make sure the people come through in a peaceful manner, and we will gladly process them” at a port of entry, said Teresa Small, a spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection.
Shipping containers now block two of the six inbound vehicle lanes inside the downtown port, where CBP conducted “tactical training exercises” earlier this week, and one of the eight inbound commercial lanes at the west-side port.
Whether the troops put up more concertina wire, barriers, or any other kind of deterrent “depends on what evolves from the caravan situation,” Small said.
The soldiers in Nogales, all of whom were unarmed except for military police, are scheduled to stay until mid-December, Army First Sgt. Jeremy W. Bunkley told reporters Thursday. “But we’re here as long as necessary to support Customs and Border Protection,” he said.
The troop deployment and lane closures came after President Trump railed against the caravan of migrants and cast them as invaders and criminals. Media reports from the Mexico-Guatemala border showed some migrants breaking down a barrier to cross that border and Mexican police in riot gear trying to stop them.