San Diego Port of Entry Shut Down When Migrants Rush Border Chanting ‘Yes We Can!’ (Video)

San Diego Port of Entry Shut Down When Migrants Rush Border Chanting ‘Yes We Can!’ (Video)

San Diego border crossing shut down after hundreds migrants try entering U.S.

The busiest and largest border checkpoint on the U.S.-Mexico border, San Ysidro port of entry, was shut down by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Sunday after hundreds of migrants from the caravan stormed the checkpoint attempting to breach a U.S.-Mexico border fence.

“This AM, @CBP was forced to close the #SanYsidro POE to ensure public safety in response to a large # of migrants seeking to illegally enter the US. They attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles @ them,” Nielsen said on Twitter Sunday evening.

@DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness & will not hesitate to shut down POEs for security reasons. We’ll seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our sovereignty.”

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President Trump said Saturday that migrants would be made to stay in Mexico while awaiting the results of asylum claims.

Breitbart reports:

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.

In one video shared by ITV reporter Emma Murphy, migrants are heard shouting “yes we can” as they rush the entry point.

U.S. Border Patrol helicopters flew overhead, while U.S. agents held vigil on foot beyond the wire fence in California.

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.”

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastlum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.


 

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