San Ysidro pedestrian border crossing in San Diego met the advance of over 100 migrants attempting to cross the border from Mexico. Long lines formed in the border city of Tijuana as U.S. border officials were unable to process the migrants in time.
It is common for those fleeing perceived danger in their country to be processed elsewhere for consideration of asylum within the United States. While U.S. border officers worked tirelessly to process the mob, Mexican officials were less understanding. Many tried to sleep near the border until they were told to leave by the officials in Tijuana. On Monday twenty-five people were jailed on the Mexican side for loitering near the border crossing.
Their ranks included not just Mexicans but also Eritreans and Cameroonians. An Eritrean told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he had experienced, “big discrimination,” bigotry and a lack of respect from the Mexican people.
It is not uncommon for nationals from Asia, Latin America, and Africa to cross into the United States through San Diego through Mexico. In October 2017, the San Diego Border Patrol reported the detention of nationals from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Chad, China, El Salvador, Eritrea, Gambia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Somalia. Together this accounted for 2,379 individuals, of which only 1,877 were originally from Mexico.
Eventually, many of those waiting for entry in San Ysidro moved on to other points of crossing elsewhere in Mexico.