At the southern border of the United States, residents of the most violent city in Mexico are stealing barbed wire from the U.S.-Mexico border that was installed by U.S. troops and border patrol under President Donald Trump’s administration, and they’re profiting off of it.
In what’s considered to be a very dangerous city, Tijuana residents are lining the outside of their homes with the razor wire from the border fence to protect themselves, which resulted in roughly 15 to 20 arrests of the alleged thieves.
Tijuana border official Reynaldo González Mora told the San Diego Union-Tribune the people who have been arrested are mostly those “who have been deported from the United States and people who have problems with drug addiction and live mostly on the street.”
“I don’t actually live here in this house, so I have no idea how that wire got here,” one lady who was interviewed at a house with the same wiring anonymously told the Tribune.
Secretary of public safety in Tijuana Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua told the Tribune the wire, also called concertina wire, from the border fence is different from the wire sold in their local stores. He also noted they had been reached out to by U.S. officials about the matter.
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“We have detected that the barbed wire that was installed in the border area is no longer there,” he said. “We know about the stealing of the concertina [wire] from United States authorities who have asked us for help through the liaison staff.”
Months ago, U.S. troops laid barbed wire along the southern border in an effort to stop several large migrant caravans from coming into the U.S. illegally.
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According to the Tribune, contractors were spotted on Monday replacing some of the areas where people stole the barbed wire in Tijuana near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on the U.S. side.
This stealing comes just after the Department of Homeland Security said the situation at the southern border hit a “breaking point” in the amount apprehensions of immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. illegally in February and is only projected to continue to grow this month.