Migrants Breaching Tijuana Border Wall Leads to Construction

A man looks through the border wall at Border Patrol agents on standby while construction along the border wall in Playas de Tijuana took place on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. The construction on this section of the border wall comes after two different incidents of significantly large groups of migrants crossing through the border wall between gaps and openings on Thursday, March 14 and on Friday, March 15. (Ryan Mena/The Corsair)

A man looks through the border wall at Border Patrol agents on standby while construction along the border wall in Playas de Tijuana took place on Friday, March 15, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. The construction on this section of the border wall comes after two different incidents of significantly large groups of migrants crossing through the border wall between gaps and openings on Thursday, March 14 and on Friday, March 15. (Ryan Mena/The Corsair)

Construction along the border wall in Tijuana materialized after dozens of migrants made their way onto US soil between gaps and openings along the wall two days in a row, on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15 in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico. The majority of the migrants who crossed on both days had just arrived in Tijuana less than a week prior, after traveling from Central American countries in a caravan. Upon being apprehended by Border Patrol agents after making it onto US soil, most if not all, presented themselves for asylum, which is legal under international law, regardless of how they entered the US.

The second group breaching the border wall in the border city led to Cerrudo Services starting construction hours after the incident on Friday, March 15. The company is a “construction and service contractor specializing in federal government contracting,” according to their website. The company is contracted with the Department of Homeland Security on a “cost plus comprehensive tactical infrastructure maintenance and repair (CTIMR) prime contract along the California / Mexico border as well as CTIMR work in Arizona,” written on the company’s website. The two contracts along the two states bordering Mexico totals to over $32 million.

The construction to repair gaps and holes along the border wall lasted for three days. It is uncertain whether the welded plated of rusted steel will stop other groups or individuals from breaching the border wall into the US.