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US More non-Mexican migrants are being arrested at the border in San Diego than ever

07:50  02 november  2019
07:50  02 november  2019 Source:   sandiegouniontribune.com

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SAN DIEGO — Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested a historic number of non - Mexican The border is tougher to cross than ever . “Closing a border crossing like [ San Ysidro] more than More than 5,600 migrants have taken shelter in Tijuana's Benito Juarez Sports Complex, Mexico 's Social

U.S. Border Patrol agents in the San Diego sector arrested more non - Mexicans attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexican border illegally during the 2019 Historically, migrants caught crossing the border illegally have been single men from Mexico. But over the last few years, Border Patrol agents have

SAN DIEGO — Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested a historic number of non-Mexican migrants crossing illegally into the U.S. during the 2019 fiscal year.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego for Customs and Border Protection, discusses fiscal year 2019 apprehension and drug seizure data during a news conference at San Ysidro port of entry on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.© Gustavo Solis/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations in San Diego for Customs and Border Protection, discusses fiscal year 2019 apprehension and drug seizure data during a news conference at San Ysidro port of entry on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

“San Diego sector realized its highest number of apprehensions from countries other than Mexico in the history of tracking statistics for this population with a total of 27,255 arrests,” said Kathleen Scudder, acting deputy chief patrol agent for the San Diego sector.

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The fence is heavily fortified in San Diego , often backed by a tall second layer behind a no-man’s land of sensors, cameras and border patrol agents.Credit Tijuana city officials say they have no money to improve conditions at the sports center, where more than 5,000 migrants are sheltering in a space

Although San Diego 's barrier may stem illegal crossings, its impact is more complicated than Trump's statement that "walls work" suggests. From the 1980s to the early 1990s the Border Patrol's San Diego sector was overrun with people illegally crossing the border . Hundreds of migrants would

To put that number in perspective, Border Patrol agents arrested 11,509 non-Mexicans during the 2018 fiscal year. Between 2009 and 2015, the average number of non-Mexican border apprehensions was 1,500, records show.

The majority of non-Mexican nationals apprehended came from Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, she added.

That record number shows the historic shift in migration patterns at the southern border. Historically, migrants caught crossing the border illegally have been single men from Mexico. But over the last few years, Border Patrol agents have seen a rising number of unaccompanied children and families at the southern border.

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The border is tougher to cross than ever . “Closing a border crossing like [ San Ysidro] more than temporarily involves losses of many millions of dollars and severe disruption Standing back from the group by the fence, Almendares said that migrants protesting at the border will not help their cause.

About 150 migrants who tried to enter the United States near San Diego early Tuesday were forced In its account, Customs and Border Protection said that “no agents witnessed any of the migrants at After the tear gas was deployed, most of the migrants fled back under the fence and away from

For example, the Border Patrol agents arrested 16,174 family members at the border in the 2019 fiscal year. That was nearly four times higher than last year’s total.

Officials described this historic shift in migration — one from predominantly single men to one that predominantly includes women and children — as an “unprecedented crisis along the southwestern border” Friday morning when they unveiled yearly statistics.

The majority of women and children caught at the border claim to be fleeing from gang violence in Central America, where gangs extort local businesses to pay what is locally known as the “war tax,” teenagers are recruited to join gangs and those who refuse to join are threatened with death. Many of those fleeing from gang violence plan to request asylum in the United States.

This shift in migrant populations means that Customs and Border Protection, a law enforcement agency, now has to behave like a humanitarian organization, officials said.

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More than 5,600 migrants are staying in the makeshift shelter officials opened in the city's Benito Juarez Sports Complex, Mexico 's Social CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters Monday that Mexican authorities had arrested more than 100 caravan migrants for criminal activity.

Take a number: Migrants , blocked at the border , wait their turn to apply for asylum. But in Tijuana, across from San Diego , where CBP has relied on a similar waitlist process to meter the flow Mexican citizens seeking asylum in the United States are being directed to the shelter in Juarez along with

The increasing total has had an impact on the Border Patrol, which monitors the vast swaths of land between designated ports of entry, as well as Customs and Border Protection, which also patrols official border crossings like ports of entry at San Ysidro and Otay.

“Managing these unprecedented numbers require us to task a substantial percentage of our workforce with humanitarian duties including hospital watch, care and feeding, and medical screenings,” Scudder said. “Things that were neither budgeted nor prepared for.”

CBP facilities that were built like short-term jails, are now having to act more like shelters, said Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego for Customs and Border Protection.

“Our facilities are not intended for the kinds of conditions we are facing,” Flores said. “As CBP senior leadership noted earlier this week in El Paso, no immigration system in the world was designed to handle the volumes of families, unaccompanied children and members of other vulnerable populations we have seen here in San Diego and along the southwest border.”

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Migrants who crossed the border last year were detained for days, weeks or even months. But as the number of such crossings reached its highest point in more The coronavirus outbreak has also halted a Trump administration program that had diverted to Guatemala more than 900 asylum seekers trying

The U.S./ Mexico border is being closely monitored by officials. Visitors wishing to travel between San Diego and Tijuana may experience facility closures or longer than usual wait times. Visitors planning to cross the border should plan extra time for their travels. For the most up-to-date information on

Although statistics show that year-over-year border apprehensions are up, the numbers are still far below historic highs. For example, Border Patrol agents arrested 162,390 people in fiscal year 2008 and 628,390 in fiscal year 1986 — a record high for San Diego.

Statistics show that the majority of people caught crossing the border without the proper paperwork were apprehended between designated ports of entry. Border Patrol agents apprehended 58,049 people in San Diego and another 35,170 in El Centro attempting to cross between designated ports of entry. CBP officers arrested 35,000 “inadmissible individuals” at all of California’s ports of entry.

Inadmissible individuals are people who do not have the correct paperwork to enter the United States legally.

While illegal border crossing arrests tend to happen away from the ports of entry, most of the drug smuggling seizures take place within the ports.

In fiscal year 2019, CBP agents seized 112,000 pounds of marijuana, 80,500 pounds of meth, 12,000 pounds of cocaine, 2,500 pounds of heroin and 1,500 pounds of fentanyl.

In contrast, Border Patrol agents seized 3,200 pounds of marijuana, 3,900 pounds of meth, 1,284 pounds of cocaine, 288 pounds of heroin and 108 pounds of fentanyl.

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