US authorities on Monday reinforced security measures at the border between Tijuana in Mexico and San Diego in California for fear of an influx of illegal migrants.
Border police set up concrete barricades and additional barbed wire rolls at the San Ysidro border crossing, briefly closed for the occasion. Tens of thousands of Mexicans pass through this port of entry every day to work or study in the United States.
About 6,000 Central Americans recently arrived in Tijuana and Mexicali, according to local authorities, after a journey of several thousand kilometers through Mexico.
According to an official of the Department of Homeland Security, the authorities feared that migrants were trying to force the passage to enter California.
In the run-up to the mid-term elections on November 6, Donald Trump repeatedly denounced the caravan formed by these Central American migrants, speaking of an “invasion” threatening the security of the United States.
He has not mentioned the subject since the polls but posted Monday on Twitter a photo showing the border fence now topped with barbed wire that sinks into the Pacific Ocean between Tijuana and San Diego.
Hundreds of Tijuana residents gathered Sunday in an upscale neighborhood of the city to protest the arrival of these migrants fleeing violence and misery, brandishing signs “Mexico first”.
Most of these migrants come from Honduras and El Salvador.