Migrant mother, 26, is impaled after she attempted to scale a fence on the US-Mexico border with her two children

Sunday, November 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

The woman, from Guatemala, was climbing a fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego on Friday night
She fell and pieces of rebar, which construction crews were putting up to replace old fencing, pierced her side and buttocks
Paramedics took the woman to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries
Her children, ages three and five, were released to US Border Patrol custody

25 November 2018

A mother-of-two was impaled after she tried to scale a US-Mexico border fence in San Diego on Friday night.

According to US Border Patrol, the 26-year-old woman from Guatemala was with her two children, aged three and five, when she climbed the fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that she climbed a fence east of the port and where construction crews were putting up a new barrier to replace the old fencing.

The mother lost her balance and fell, and pieces of rebar pierced her side and buttocks.

Border Patrol told the Union-Tribune that it was dispatched to give medical aid around 8.30pm and asked for help from the San Diego Fire Department.

The woman was taken to the hospital by paramedics with non-life threatening injuries.

Her children were also evaluated for trauma and, when they were cleared, were released to the custody of Border Patrol.

No information was available on whether the woman was planning to claim asylum in the US.

Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Olmos told City News Service that the woman told agents she was not part of the migrant caravan that arrived in Tijuana last week.

‘Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls is not only dangerous, but also very foolish,’ San Diego’s Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said on Saturday.

‘This woman placed her own life and her children’s lives in peril. She could have easily died if not for the quick response by our agents and EMS.’

Officials say the rebar was part of ongoing construction and not related to the US military’s recent mission to fortify the fence from the caravan.

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