NYT: Migrants Believe ‘Best Bet’ Is Finding ‘Blind Spots’ Along Border

A Honduran migrant helps other immigrants cross to the U.S. side of the border wall, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. Thousands of migrants who traveled via caravan are seeking asylum in the U.S., but face a decision between waiting months or crossing illegally, because the U.S. government only …
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More caravan migrants are believing that “their best bet” is to find “blind spots” along the U.S.-Mexico border to enter the United States illegally, according to a New York Times report.

Frustrated by the slow asylum process and the cramped and unsanitary conditions in the migrant camps in Mexico, more caravan migrants attempted to scale the border fence this week, and the Times reported this week that some migrants who had the means to do so even hired smugglers “to show them the blind spots along the border and guide them across.”

The Times noted that because the migrants, most of whom are from Central America and many of whom have been staying at camps in Tijuana, Mexico, have concluded that “their best bet… is to try to cross the border illegally,” more are trying various ways to sneak across the border:

Other migrants from the caravans have on recent nights made their way unguided out to the westernmost stretch of the border, where the tall metal border fence passes through sunburned hills and alongside residential communities in western Tijuana, emerges at the beach and plunges into the Pacific Ocean.

Some have jumped into the cold, rough ocean waters and tried to swim around the fence to the United States, only to be plucked from the surf by the authorities.

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos made a similar observation last week while he was at the migrant camp in Tijuana, Mexico. Ramos reported that migrants were becoming “more intelligent” and finding porous spots along the border that they could exploit enter the United States illegally.

“If you go five miles that way or 25 miles that way, the wall that you see behind me disappears,” Ramos said. “If they don’t see a legal possibility of applying for political asylum, they’re just going to go a few miles… [and] they are going to try to do it illegally.”


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