In addition, motorists trying to cross into Mexico will face lines as Mexican customs authorities check each vehicle crossing into that country.
Rita Vargas, Mexican consul in Calexico, said that is a gesture to work with the U.S. government. She said the goal is to check vehicles for anything suspicious so it can be reported to authorities on this side of the border immediately.
Vargas said President Vicente Fox has called for all Mexican Independence Day celebrations scheduled throughout the United States for Sunday be canceled.
The Calexico Chamber of Commerce has canceled its event, which was to be in Crummett Park. The Hidalgo Society in Brawley also has canceled its celebration.
United Way of Imperial County has canceled its annual kickoff luncheon, which was to be Thursday at Naval Air Facility El Centro.
Laurie Nilson, executive director of the local United Way, said the organization decided it would be inappropriate to stage such an event at this time. The luncheon will be rescheduled.
The United Way and the New York Community Trust have established what has been deemed the Sept. 11 Fund to help victims of the bombing.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can do so in care of United Way Sept. 11 Fund, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016. Donors may indicate whether they want their donation to go to New York, Washington, D.C., or other affected areas.
Locally, Imperial Valley Blood Services starts a blood drive from 1 to 7 tonight at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.
The blood drive will continue from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the hospital.
From 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 the bloodmobile will be at the county Administration Center in El Centro; from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 the blood bank will be at the county Sheriff's Office, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 it will be at Border Patrol headquarters in El Centro. The drive will continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Government Agencies Federal Credit Union in El Centro.
Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.