A woman fell and was impaled by rebar as she tried to climb a border wall to enter the US

Sandy Huffaker/Getty ImagesThe US-Mexico border wall in San Ysidro, California, in 2017. A woman fell from the wall one mile east of the port of entry as she tried to enter the US.
  • A Guatemalan woman trying to enter the US fell into rebar when climbing the US border wall close to the San Ysidro, California, crossing.
  • She has been taken to a hospital, and her children, 3 and 5, were taken into Border Patrol custody.
  • Customs and Border Protection shared an image of the unnamed woman lying on her back, bloodied and covered in dirt.
  • She arrived at the border last week two days before US officials launched tear gas at migrants in a confrontation at the border.

A woman fell into rebar as she tried to climb a border wall to enter the US with her two children.

The 26-year-old Guatemalan woman fell from the wall about one mile east from the entry point at San Ysidro, California, and the steel bar “pierced her side and buttocks,” Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

She was taken to a hospital, where she is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the agency said. Her two children, 3 and 5, were released into Border Patrol custody.


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Customs and Border Protection shared an image of the unnamed woman lying on her back and covered in blood and dirt. The woman’s face is obscured in the image.

US border woman impaledUS Customs and Border ProtectionCustoms and Border Protection shared an image of the woman after she fell into the rebar.

Rodney Scott, the chief patrol agent for the border agency’s San Diego sector, said in the statement that the woman “could have easily died” if agents hadn’t found her and requested emergency responders.

“Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls is not only dangerous, but also very foolish,” he said. “This woman placed her own life and her children’s lives in peril.”


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Customs and Border Protection said the area is an “active construction site” where 14 miles of wall are being replaced.

Theron Francisco, a Border Patrol spokesman, told The New York Times that, as of Tuesday, the woman was still in the hospital.

“Upon receiving medical clearance from a physician, she will be interviewed and processed at a nearby Border Patrol station,” he said. “Until then, her association with the migrant caravan and her ultimate disposition will remain unknown.”


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The woman’s arrival on Friday came two days before US officials launched tear gas at migrants in a confrontation close to the San Ysidro port of entry.

Agency heads issued statements after the clash defending the move as necessary, but civil-rights organisations condemned the move as a use of excessive force.

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