DHS deploys razor wire to kick illegals off border fence
Hours after images of migrants climbing a border wall in San Diego went viral, Homeland Security deployed razor wire Wednesday to prevent a repeat.
The migrants, who said they were the vanguard of the caravans streaming north through Mexico, ascended the fence Tuesday as a show of defiance. Video and photos showed migrants perched atop the slat-style fence, cheering and jeering.
While no arrests or confrontations were reported, Homeland Security took immediate steps to try to keep people from climbing again, deploying what’s known as concertina wire, which coils over itself, creating a thorough barrier.
“As we have said repeatedly, being a member of a caravan doesn’t give you any special rights to enter the country,” said Katie Waldman, spokeswoman for Homeland Security.
Photos Homeland Security released show the concertina wire at the top and base of the fence on the U.S. side, as well as a second layer set back on the sandy beach further inside the U.S.
October set all-time records for illegal immigrant children and families attempting to sneak into the U.S., and November could be just as bad, with thousands of people in caravans making their way from Central America north, through Mexico, to the U.S. border.
The Trump administration has deployed the military to help harden the infrastructure, and late last week the president signed a proclamation triggering a new policy that rejects asylum claims from people who jump the border.
That’s an attempt to crack down on bogus asylum claims, which have soared over the last five years. While the claims may not be valid, those who make them are often set free into the U.S. anyway while their cases are processed and then disappear into the shadows with other illegal immigrants.
The administration wants people claiming asylum to go to official border crossings, where they can better be processed.
Immigrant-rights advocates have said that policy is inhumane and illegal. A lawsuit is pending to try to block the asylum crackdown.