Today, the port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana was closed completely for a period of time. The U.S. government claimed that asylum seekers were illegally trying to enter the country and there are reports that U.S. agents tear-gassed unarmed civilians, including children.
Seeking asylum is legal under international law, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly demonized asylum seekers and all migrants fleeing violence in Central America as “thugs,” “criminals,” and worse. The president has threatened to completely shut down the border as he continues to pursue an agenda of transparent white supremacy in the United States.
Below are photos that were released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs. All descriptions are by the U.S. government and these photos are in the public domain and can be used without further permission.
Some of the photos below appear to have been deleted from U.S. government distribution channels since they were first posted on Sunday, November 25, 2018. It’s unclear why they may have been deleted. They’re being preserved here for the sake of history.
The description that accompanied many of the photos when they were first posted to DVIDS:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel along with DOD personnel secure the San Ysidro Port of Entry against attempts to illegally enter the United States from Mexico. Photos by Mani Albrecht U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs Visual Communications Division