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Military to assist border enforcement, Video shows men damaging wire at U.S.-Mexico border fence

Posted: 1:49 PM, Nov 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-17 01:14:37Z

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) - Customs and Border Protection officials tweeted thermal camera video Friday of men climbing the U.S.-Mexico border fence and damaging the concertina wire.

The video was recorded by U.S. Border Patrol cameras placed near Border Field State Park in Imperial Beach, opposite from where migrants have been gathering as more members of the Central American caravan arrive in Tijuana.

There was no word on whether the incident captured on video led to an arrest.

The Department of Defense confirmed with 10News that military troops are at Ream Field in Imperial Beach to assist in Border enforcement. The Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force members here, consist of 400 Marines out of Camp Pendelton, as well as an Army Military Police Battalion. The Marines will be unarmed, focusing primarily on logistical support. The Army Police will help with security.

“All seeking to enter the U.S. are urged to do so at one of more than 320 official U.S. Ports of Entry,” Customs and Border Protection officials wrote in the tweet. 

 

Earlier this week, migrants climbed the fence without setting foot on U.S. soil, a move which could have led to detention.

U.S. Marines and soldiers, who arrived in San Diego County at the start of November, reinforced the top of the fence to prevent repeat action. The fence is now covered with concertina wire, which is barbed wire named for an accordion-style instrument because it can be coiled and expanded.

Video published by the Department of Defense shows troops assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7 using blowtorches and forklifts to install the reinforcements. Many of the troops are gathered at Ream Field in Imperial Beach.

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Meanwhile, construction crews worked to reinforce fencing and other anti-climbing measures in an area behind the Las Americas Premium Outlets at 4211 Camino De La Plaza -- about a quarter-mile from the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Officials noted that the work was part of a project that began in June to replace 14 miles of aging fencing and not related to the migrant caravan.