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Workers sleep in vehicles while waiting for ports of entry to open

Posted at 12:18 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 15:18:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Workers who cross the border every day into San Diego are waiting hours to get through border crossings, with some sleeping in their vehicles while they await entry.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic at ports of entry in Otay Mesa or San Ysidro typically flowed 24 hours a day.

Since access at the U.S.-Mexico border was restricted due to the outbreak, ports of entry are opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m. daily.

The restrictions have created somewhat of a traffic jam at the crossings, and for those trying to get to jobs in San Diego on time, many are in line at the ports of entry up to five hours before the opening.

This week, 10News’ media partner in Mexico, Televisa, captured video of people sleeping in their cars as they waited for the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to open.

Televisa also saw that many also camped out in the pedestrian lane.

The Department of Homeland Security says restrictions at the U.S-Mexico border, as well as the U.S.-Canada border, will remain in place through June, at the earliest.