WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 26-year-old Guatemalan woman was injured while trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, a Border Patrol official said on Saturday.
- The migrant woman was being treated for her non-life-threatening injuries, while her two children, aged 3 and 5, were medically evaluated before being sent back into Border Patrol custody.
- As of this weekend, an estimated 5,000 Central American migrants were in Tijuana, Mexico, with most of them being housed in the Benito Juarez sports complex.
A migrant woman, who tried to cross the U.S. southern border by climbing a part of the fence, was impaled Friday night when she fell and landed on a piece of rebar.
Border Patrol officials said the 26-year-old Guatemalan woman attempted to enter the U.S, near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday night.
Border Patrol Agent Tekae Michael told The San Diego Union-Tribune that the woman fell onto pieces of rebar and concertina wire that were part of the ongoing replacement of the primary border fence. The woman fell and the side of her body and buttocks was pierced by a rebar.
Agents responded to the scene around 8:25 p.m. Friday and the injured woman was taken to an area hospital.
According to Michael, the woman had two children, ages 3 and 5. The young children were returned to the custody of the Border Patrol after they were evaluated for trauma. Michael also said that the woman told officials she was not a part of the migrant caravan wanting to enter the U.S. border.
“Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls, is not only dangerous, but also very foolish,” Rodney Scott, San Diego’s chief Border Patrol agent, said Saturday. “This woman placed her own life and her children’s lives in peril. She could have easily died if not for the quick response by our agents and EMS.”
According to CBS8, an estimated 5,000 Central American migrants were in Tijuana, Mexico as of this weekend, with many of them staying in the Benito Juarez sports complex.
Source: Fox News