BORDER BREACHED: 'Frustrated' Migrants 'Breach' US-Mexico Border

Some Americans are avoiding going to Mexico for medical trips or vacations because they fear getting stranded if the border closes

Some Americans are avoiding going to Mexico for medical trips or vacations because they fear getting stranded if the border closes

All surrendered to border patrol agents who arrived on the scene.

The migrants were part of a caravan of people requesting asylum in the US, Border Patrol spokesman Joe Romero told El Paso's KVIA-TV. The border crossing - which Tijuana residents use to reach jobs and shopping on the USA side and US tourists use to head south - was closed briefly last weekend after some migrants tried to rush across.

Mexico has offered asylum to the members of the caravan, but many are still trying to make their way to the United States.

The operator observed at least two small children being dropped from the top of the 18-foot wall, according to information obtained from Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials. Another three managed to squeeze themselves through a narrow space in the fence.

This problem, according to McAleenan, stems from weak immigration laws in the USA leading migrant families to believe that they cross the border when they don't have valid asylum claims.

Karen Mayeni, a 29-year-old Honduran mother with three children aged between 6 and 12, told Reuters that she was standing by and watching others penetrating the border and "waiting to see what happens".

Border Patrol officials noted that one of the children suffered a facial injury during the fall. The woman said she would decide her family's next action "in a couple of days".

As McAleenan told Fox News, numerous migrants were "lured" to the United States because they were promised entry because of weak laws - even though many of them do not qualify for amnesty.

Applying for asylum at a border post can take months and with United States officials restricting the number of applicants to between 40 and 100 a day at El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, the migrants could be stuck for months or even years in the shelter.

The attempt to cross into the United States illegally came just days after the migrants were transferred from one temporary shelter to another after it had become unsanitary. Mexican authorities arrested and deported those they considered responsible for compromising the city's commitment to public order. "On the news, they keep saying there are more people coming, so some patients are saying let's wait for the situation to cool down and then we'll set up another appointment later".

"We've got criminal organizations profiting off of vulnerable families charging 5,000 to 7,000 per person", said McAleenan.

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