UPDATED 11:33 AM PT — Thurs. Nov. 15, 2018
Border Patrol have arrested more than a dozen migrants at the California-Mexico border. According to immigration authorities, two groups of migrants were detained on Wednesday after crossing into the U.S. illegally.
A smaller group was reportedly arrested by the U.S.-Tijuana border. Meanwhile, a larger group was taken into custody in the mountains east of Otay Mesa, which is a San Diego community along the Mexican border
This comes as reports indicate around 1,500 members of the migrant caravan have reached the southern border.
Authorities have since taken measures to fortify the existing fencing and officials are urging anyone wanting to claim asylum to present themselves legally at the ports of entry.
“As I’ve stated many times before, we’ve spent years securing the border here in San Diego, and we we’re not gonna let groups of people just show up and run us over — we’re ready, and we’ll do our job, make sure everybody’s arrested and prosecuted,” stated Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott.
This comes after President Trump threatened to deny the asylum claims of anyone who enters the country illegally.