Editor’s note: You might see a post from me sooner or later on this issue. Haitian illegal immigration is the Caribbean’s version of our problem with Mexico, and now it seems to be coming here.
The San Diego Union Tribune
SAN YSIDRO — Surging numbers of Haitians and migrants from other countries have been arriving at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in recent days, hoping for admission to the United States. Early Thursday morning, more than 200 people were crowded inside the port’s pedestrian entrance as they awaited processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Men, women and children were huddled together, sleeping under blankets on the center’s tile floor, while lines of pedestrians continued stepping through to the United States. Outside the facility in Tijuana, about two dozen people gathered in the open air, waiting to be admitted — a group that included Haitians, Mexicans, and French-speaking men who said they were from the Congo.
While asylum seekers routinely present themselves to authorities at U.S. ports of entry, the reasons for the recent spike were not clear.
Among those waiting outside was a man who gave his first name, Cédric, and said he was a 25-year-old mechanic from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince who had been working in São Paolo, Brazil. “I have left my country to look for a better life, like a lot of people,” he said in French. He did not provide details as to how he had arrived at the border, except to say that he flew into Tijuana.