TUCSON – In anticipation for the thousands of migrants heading to the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales are holding readiness exercises over the next couple of weeks.
According to authorities, the exercises may cause delays to cross-border traffic.
“The temporary suspension of port operations may occur during the exercises, in support of Operation Secure Line,” said Acting Director of Field Operations Petra Horne. “We ask the border communities to be patient and understanding while we train in order to protect travelers, caravan members, and our officers and agents from potential acts of violence.”
CBP officials say the Department of Defense will take part in the upcoming exercises.
They will also be securing the Morley, DeConcini, and Mariposa crossings with concertina wire, stacking conex boxes to act as barriers, and pre-positioning jersey barriers and barricades.