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PedWest partially reopens

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — After nearly three years of inactivity, PedWest, the second pedestrian crossing at San Ysidro’s port of entry, reopened Monday morning.

It originally closed in April 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic began and border restrictions were put in place.

Previously, PedWest was open 24/7, but currently the facility will operate daily from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and northbound only.

The Mexican side of the crossing will remain closed.

Currently, PedWest will be open daily from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm and northbound only. (Salvador Rivera/Border Report)

Mexican customs officials said their goal is to open southbound pedestrian access within a few weeks.

“This is very good for people because otherwise we will have to wait a long time,” said Fernanda Duran, a commuter.

“The other way,” Duran said, “is the pedestrian crossing on the east side of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which has remained open all along but often causes long lines to cross the border for hours.

“The last weeks of December were really tough,” said Roberto Gonzalez. “The crossing took two to three hours.”

Roberto Gonzalez welcomed the opening of PedWest at the San Ysidro port of entry. (Salvador Rivera/Border Report)

Gonzalez told Border Report that he crosses the border almost daily to get to work at the mall across the street from PedWest.

“I need to get up two to three hours earlier, just in case, get in line a few hours in advance, so yes, that will help,” Gonzalez said. “It’s time to open it, now you see a lot of people on Facebook, other social networks spreading the news that it’s open.”

Gonzalez said it took him only five minutes to cross the border that day.

“It will help a lot, help a lot of people.”

Except for the time when thousands of Ukrainian migrants and a few asylum seekers entered the US through PedWest, the institution was closed.

PedWest has been designated one of eight border crossings along the southern border where asylum seekers will be interviewed under new immigration rules announced by the Biden administration.

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