Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, are seen in San Diego County, U.S., after crossing illegally from Mexico to the U.S.by jumping a border fence, photographed through the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, December 3, 2018.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the San Diego sector has experienced a "slight uptick" in families entering the U.S. illegally and turning themselves in to agents since the caravan of Central American migrants arrived in Tijuana two weeks ago.
A border camera captured images of a family of six illegal immigrants surmounting the wall in Arizona, with the aid of another man.
"In those six hours that the border was closed, we lost approximately 129 million pesos", said Gastélum, referring to the recent closure after migrants pelted Border Patrol agents with rocks before they were turned back.
Other sightseers were seen taking selfies after a visit to the beach alongside the USA border wall in Playas de Tijuana.
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A number of the migrants ran to try to escape capture, but most walked slowly to hand themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol officials waiting under floodlights.
Ninety minutes later, she and her family were over the fence. "We've got over 7,000 migrants there". By Saturday afternoon, most of the thousands of migrants who had been camped out at the sports complex had agreed to move to the new, more distant shelter.
People mainly from Honduras but also from El Salvador and Guatemala formed the caravan to Tijuana, seeking safety in numbers while crossing Mexico to avoid criminals and the fees demanded by the gangs that prey on migrants.
US officials have restricted applications through the Chaparral gate in Tijuana to between 40 and 100 per day.
McAleenan also noted that criminals leading these caravans give the migrants misleading information about the muddy asylum process in the USA, meaning they profit off migrant families because of the weak immigration laws. U.S. Border Patrol agents had the territory between the two barriers heavily covered.
Some migrants, however, were reluctant to head to their new facility. At least one mother with three children were among those who crossed over.