West California, Part 6
Between the Tijuana Flood Control Channel and
the San Ysidro Port of Entry is a warren of interesting alleys
and buildings on the south side and U.S. federal facilities on
the north side. Along this short strip of border smugglers will
dig cave like burrows and break into the storm drain system on
the U.S. side.
Just to the west of the Port of Entry is the
official Alien Return Gate. Buses back up to this gate and release
their loads to Mexican authorities just on the south side. Note
that the fence top is canted towards the USA. We sure don't want
any Americans hopping the fence into Mexico.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 now blend with the romance
The 23 northbound lanes of the San Ysidro Port
of Entry are usually all open for business.