One of the main entries into the United States is the San Ysidro Port of Entry. U.S. authorities recently shut down the border crossing and used tear gas on those trying to come across.
The incident happened on Sunday, Nov. 25. There is an inspection station at the crossing, and there were claims that people attempted to go around it on both sides. This happened around 11:30 a.m. Since bypassing the inspection station is illegal, authorities said that no more pedestrians or cars could cross until they got the situation under control.
The port opened back up around 6 p.m.
Authorities claim that some of those trying to enter the country picked up rocks and threw them at agents. That prompted the agents to use both pepper spray and tear gas on the crowd. It does not appear that anyone suffered injuries.
Even so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put out a strong statement, saying, “DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons.”
When asked why they had done it, some migrants claimed they wanted to seek asylum because of high crime rates in their native countries. They were seeking safety in the United States, but were stopped at the border and not allowed to enter, so they tried to go around the station anyway.
This story helps to show the escalating tensions between immigrants and authorities in the United States. It’s important for all involved to understand what legal rights immigrants have.