Statistics from Mexico’s National Migration Institute show Tijuana has received more than 40 percent of all Mexicans deported from the U.S. this year, or 50,000 more displaced migrants on its streets than last year. Indeed, the San Diego Sector traffic remains far below its peak of more than 500,000 apprehensions in 1993, the year before the U.S. launched Operation Gatekeeper, which erected fences to stop crowds from rushing across the open border nearly every night.
The current surge “is a function of the most flagrant problems having been addressed in San Diego first,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies which advocates stricter immigration control. “Once the migration flow moved to Arizona, then enforcement efforts moved to Arizona, and some aliens and smugglers thought they would try their luck back in San Diego.”
The weekend cyclist ruse is only one method. Throughout Tijuana, spotters watch the Border Patrol’s movements day and night, coordinating runs northward by walkie-talkie cell phones.
Smugglers have even tried to take advantage of a $57 million project to extend double fencing between San Diego and Tijuana: Agents recently found 49 migrants packed inside the tank of a water truck stolen right off a Border Patrol construction site.
Imagine what they could accomplish in their own country if they weren't so criminally insane.