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Nogales CBP prepares for migrant caravan with readiness exercises

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.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at
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