Monday, January 30, 2023

CBP will resume construction work at Parque de la Amistad

San Diego. – This Tuesday, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced it would resume construction to replace the border fence at Friendship Park, it said in a statement.

CBP halted work in the area in August after activists protested the project because it did not consider public access to the site symbolic and important to US-Mexico relations.

The new design reflects requests from those who advocate for the rights of the immigrant community.

During the pause, CBP reviewed public comments and developed a new plan that “meets the region’s border security needs while addressing community feedback.”

According to the agency, the new project will allow border access to Parque de la Amistad from the US side, which will be coordinated with the US Border Patrol through a secondary gate at specified times “once it is safe to do so from an operational point of view.”

The access will allow visitors on the US side of the border to communicate with friends and family in Mexico as they used to. CBP said the Border Patrol is committed to restoring the binational park within Parque de la Amistad once construction of the new border fence is complete.

The project is expected to be completed in six months.

Melissa Sandoval talks to workers about a CBP project at the San Diego-Tijuana border.

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