Since last week, more than a dozen people have been arrested in the Mexican border city of Tijuana for stealing razor wire from the U.S.-Mexico border fence to increase security around their own homes.
Reynaldo Gonzalez Mora, Tijuana’s border liaison unit director, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that many people were arrested and “most were people who have been deported from the United States, and people who have problems with drug addiction and live mostly on the street.”
Tijuana’s public safety secretary, Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, said U.S. authorities reached out for help.
“We have detected that the barbed wire that was installed in the border area is no longer there. We know about the stealing of the concertina [wire] from United States authorities who have asked us for help through the liaison staff,” Sotomayor said, adding that the wire is unlike materials sold in Tijuanian stores, being more sharp and strong.
There have reportedly been 15 to 20 arrests, according to city officials.
The San Diego Union-Tribune also reported that on Monday, contractors replaced some of the wire on the U.S side of the border.
The military-grade wire was installed by U.S. troops to “prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement from November 19.
Concertina wire was found installed around homes in the Colonia Libertad neighborhood in Tijuana, the Washington Examiner reported.
Last week, the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice rated Tijuana as the 2018 most violent city in the world. The Los Angeles Times reported that Tijuana’s ranking is due to gang violence with 138 killings per 100,000 residents and an average of seven killings per day. Five out the six most dangerous cities were within Mexico, including Tijuana, Acapulco, Victoria, Juarez, and Irapuato.
On Wednesday, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah joked about the theft of the wire in a tweet with a clip from his show.
“I’m sorry guys, this is insane,” Noah said. “You heard that right. Mexico is stealing wall.”
Yesterday, The Daily Wire's Ashe Schow reported that more than 400 immigrants were apprehended within five minutes after crossing the border illegally:
The agents, working in Texas, apprehended the first group of 194 illegal immigrants around 2:45 a.m. near Bowie High School in El Paso. Five minutes later — at 2:50 a.m. — another group of agents apprehended a second group of 252 who had just crossed the border near Downtown El Paso, according to a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“In all, agents had already taken over 430 people into custody within the first three hours in what appears to be only the beginning of another busy day for the El Paso Sector Border Patrol,” the agency wrote.
The group was comprised mostly of Central American families and unaccompanied minors, which Border Patrol says is seen regularly. The agency also said that it has averaged 570 apprehensions a day for the past month – 90% of which occur in the El Paso Metropolitan Area.