An old woman died while waiting to cross the border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Sunday morning, local media reported.  

The 89-year-old woman was found unresponsive inside her car at around noontime, Alfredo Alvarez, a Tijuana journalist reported. 

Alvarez also showed a video showing the elderly woman’s car. 

The car, later identified as a silver sedan and carrying California license plates, was located at the northbound lanes of the port during the discovery, reports said.

There are no updates yet on the cause of the woman’s death. 


Recent reports about the San Ysidro Port of Entry show cars in long lines, making it look like a huge parking lot. 

All ports of entry between Mexico and the US report around one million people crossing the border daily. 

According to Alvarez people usually queue up to six hours just to cross the border through the San Ysidro Port of Entry between Mexico and the US. 

As per the Border Report, the queuing time is longer during the weekend, as it takes people up to seven hours just to cross the border. 

However, the Smart Border Coalition reports that it only takes around five hours to cross the San Ysidro Port. 

Why The Long Queues? 

The report about the woman dying inside her car came after a pronouncement from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

On August 21st, the CBP started implementing new measures to discourage and “lessen non-essential border crossing to and from Mexico,” CBP said in a statement. 

A survey among travelers shows 60% of the people crossing the borders cross it for unnecessary things, CBP said.

The action also came as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and “to protect communities by the border.”

Some measures include secondary inspections to travelers who are suspected of crossing without any essential reasons. 

After that, authorities will give people materials from the CDC, educating them about the virus.

According to the agency, another reason for implementing its measures is due to the rising cases of COVID-19 along the border. 

However, Juan Romero, a civilian, does not think the virus is the reason for the restrictions, as per the Border Report.

Romero said that authorities are closing the lanes to discourage them from crossing the borders. 


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