At least two dozen Central American migrants — who claim they’re disillusioned and frustrated with the asylum-seeking process — breached the U.S.-Mexico border Monday just before dusk by scaling a 10-foot metal fence, witnesses say.
They were observed using blankets and ropes to help climb over the structure separating California from Tijuana, where thousands of migrants have been gathering in recent days. Other migrants managed to squeeze through a section of the fence on the coastal city’s beach, according to Reuters.
Some migrants reportedly tried to escape capture by the U.S. Border Patrol, but most were caught. It remains unclear Tuesday how many of the migrants — if any at all — managed to escape detention, Fox News reports.
Karen Mayeni, a 29-year-old Honduran mother with three children between six and 12 years old, told Reuters she was only observing others penetrating the border and was “waiting to see what happens.” The woman will decide her family’s next action “in a couple of days,” she said.
About 90 minutes later, however, she and her children were seen on the U.S. side of the border, Reuters reported. Just more proof that these illegals are criminals, liars and need sent away from the U.S. Border. 0 tolerance and 0 entry!
So a number opted to avoid legal procedures and attempt an illegal entry from Tijuana as dusk fell on Monday at a spot about 1,500 feet away from the Pacific Ocean.
In less than an hour, Reuters reporters observed roughly two dozen people climb the approximately 10-foot (3-meter) fence made of thick sheets and pillars of metal. They chose a place in a large overgrown ditch where the fence is slightly lower.
Just before dusk, three thin people squeezed through the fence on the beach and were quickly picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol, witnesses said.
But along the border inland as darkness descended, more and more migrants followed, many bringing children, Reuters reported.
A spokesman for the Health Department told Fox News that, out of 6,000 migrants currently residing in the city, over a third of them — about 2,267 — are being treated for health-related issues.
There are three confirmed cases of tuberculosis, four cases of HIV/AIDS and four cases of chickenpox, the spokesman said.
At least 101 migrants have lice and multiple instances of skin infections, the department’s data shows.
There’s also a threat of Hepatitis outbreak due to unsanitary conditions, the spokesman said. The thousands of migrants are currently being sheltered at a former concert venue. They previously were residing at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex near the San Ysidro U.S.-Mexico Port of Entry until this past weekend, when that camp was shut down over “bad sanitary conditions.”
The group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is calling for all migrants to gather on Saturday morning at one of the shelters and then to make their way to the U.S. border, where they will demand it be opened for everyone or they will “shut it down.” In addition to posting the information on their website, BAMN members have taken to social media encouraging other protesters and members of the migrant caravan. You can read the cold hard facts by clicking here.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.