US Customs and Borders Protection closed the San Ysidro Port of Entry as roughly 500 refugees reached the Tijuana border
San Ysidro is one of the largest land borders between Tijuana and San Diego
On a Facebook LIVE from KGTV’s Rina Nakano a couple loud bangs were heard
The 500 migrants were reportedly made up of men, women and a lot of children
US Customs and Borders Protection have decided to shut down roads and pedestrian bridges going both ways at the San Ysidro port of entry. San Ysidro is one of the largest land border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
Around 500 migrants were heading towards the US border when the decision was made to close the port of entry. The crowds are reportedly made up of men, women and lots of children. The migrants were said to have overwhelmed federal and local Mexican police blockades before rushing towards the border wall.
San Diego KGTV’s Rina Nakano was livestreaming from the San Ysidro border when two loud bangs near the area. The bangs were believed to be either flash bangs or tear gas, but Nakano was too far away to be sure. Helicopters could be heard and seen in the background.
There has been much confusion engulfing the refugee caravans in the weeks leading up to today. The Trump administration appeared to use the caravans as a political tool during the midterm elections which ended in sending thousands of troops to the Texas border and the creation of Camp Base Donna.
Camp Base Donna is located roughly 1,500 miles away from where the Tijuana border where the caravans announced they were heading. The troops “missions” mainly consisted of setting up wire fences and barriers. The cost is not yet known, but believed that it could be as much as $200 million.
Many have asked why the caravans did not legally apply for asylum at an embassy instead of trying to force themselves on the border. You cannot apply for asylum at an embassy. You must be on US soil.
Some say refugees refusing asylum in Mexico shows they are trying to invade America. Others believe they were forced to take asylum in Mexico. First and foremost, America has a deal set up with Canada stating whichever country an asylum seeker first arrives in is where they must apply for asylum. Once they obtain asylum in the first country, they can then apply for citizenship in the next country.
America does not have that same deal set up with Mexico. While they started to set up the same regulations last year, it was never finalized, meaning asylum seekers have the choice to refuse Mexico’s offer and continue to America and it is perfectly legal.
Then there is the issue of violence. The majority of these refugees are leaving an area terrorized by a corrupt government that works hand in hand with dangerous cartels, much like what is seen in many areas of Mexico. People have been given a false impression that popular tourist areas of Mexico represent the entire country, which is simply not true. In fact, claims were made that the Los Zetas cartel kidnapped at least a hundred of the refugees in the first caravan as they traveled towards the US border.