Dozens of Central American Migrants Cut and Shove Their Way Through a Hole in a California Border Fence
Associated Press, March 15, 2019
A video shot at a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall shows dozens of undocumented immigrants squeezing through a breach in the metal fence and running north into California.
In the dramatic clip, dozens of migrants can be seen gathering next to the border fence, waiting as someone appears to saw through the chain link fence behind the bollards. People can then be seen kicking at the chain link in an attempt to widen the gap enough for bodies to fit through.
As soon as there’s a big enough gap, the undocumented migrants squeeze through the hole and then run into the town of Imperial Beach, past a white Border Patrol truck that has its sirens blaring.
According to US Customs and Border Patrol San Diego, which tweeted out their own version of the video, the Central American migrants were able to ‘exploit the saltwater corrosion at the bollards’ to cut through the chain link fence.
Authorities said that 52 of the migrants — who hailed from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — that made it through the fence were captured following a two-hour foot chase involving multiple agents. Once in custody, they all claimed asylum.
The migrants included 27 families, 24 adults and one unaccompanied child.