The San Ysidro port of entry, among the largest border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, was shut down by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Sunday after hundreds of caravan migrants appeared to have attempted to breach a U.S.-Mexico border fence.
CBP officials closed traffic roads moving in both directors and pedestrian walkways at the port of entry. An Associated Press reporter said tear gas was fired at the migrants from inside the U.S.
More than 5,000 migrants have been camped in and around a sports complex in Tijuana after making their way through Mexico in recent weeks via caravan. Many hope to apply for asylum in the U.S., but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day.
A second line of Mexican police carrying plastic riot shields stood guard outside a Mexican customs and immigration plaza, where the migrants were headed.
That line of police installed tall steel panels behind them outside the Chaparral crossing on the Mexican side of the border, which completely blocked incoming traffic lanes to Mexico.
Hours after the attempted breach, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued the following statement: “After being prevented from entering the Port of Entry, some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them. As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons,” the statement continued. “We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty.”
From Grabien: On Sunday hundreds of people partaking in the well publicized migrant caravan attempted to storm the U.S. border at San Ysidro, Calif., prompting President Trump to order the border crossing to be completely shutdown.
Below are some videos of the attempted crossing that began circulating on social media Sunday.
This first video shows migrants trying to break down a border wall, but ultimately being forced back after Border Patrol agents arrive and shot pepper spray.
Some pushing right to fence shouting “yes we can”. pic.twitter.com/m03bNX9LIk
— emma murphy (@emmamurphyitv) November 25, 2018