San Ysidro Port of Entry Seeing Surge of Haitians Seeking Admission into US

San Ysidro sits at the very bottom of San Diego County, on the border of Tijuana, Mexico. It is the point of entry between Mexico and the United States. The San Diego Tribune reports that the border area has recently seen an influx of Haitians and other immigrants in just the last few days attempting to gain admission over the border and into the United States from Mexico. As of Thursday morning, there were over 200 people waiting to be processed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they crowded inside the pedestrian entrance into the US.

The people waiting to be processed included men, women, and children from Mexico, Haiti, and the Congo. One of the men interviewed said he was a mechanic from Port-au-Prince, Haiti who left his country looking for a better life. He said that he got to San Ysidro by flying into the Tijuana Airport. Another man interviewed said he was also from Haiti and left his country in 2013. He said he was not seeking political asylum, but rather a better life. He said that he left Haiti and was in Brazil for a while, but had to travel through several countries to make it to make it to the US border.

Officials said that entry for Haitians will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on their situation.