UNITED STATES—U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents detained and arrested dozens of migrants who illegally crossed the United States border to gain entry into the country.
U.S. Customs and Border Commissioner, Kevin K. McAleenan announced in a conference call with reporters on Monday, November 26 that at least 69 people were detained after they crossed the border illegally near San Ysidro, California on November 25. McAleenan added that he is not aware of any migrants that managed to cross and evade capture by U.S. authorities.
Tijuana’s municipal government announced the arrest of more than three dozen migrants for disturbing the peace and other charges related to Sunday’s attempt at the border.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that some 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.”
“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 nations sovereignty,” Nielsen added.
The Mexican Interior Ministry indicated that it would immediately deport migrants who tried to “violently” breach the border. The Mexican government described Sunday’s events as “acts of provocation” that were “far from helpful” for the migrants objective.
Fox News reported that the first incident occurred on Saturday, November 25. MS-13 gang member, Jose Villalobos, 29 was arrested for attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.
Villalobos-Jobel was found at the Calexico Port of Entry on the U.S. side of the border in California. During his arrest Villalobos-Jobel told law enforcement that he was a citizen of Honduras and an “active gang member.”