The young man from Honduras was worried and you could see it on his face: He held his one-year-old son and looked anxiously at the barrier he had just crossed. He was on US soil and knew that he had no permission to be there.
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It was the middle of the night Thursday on the border between the US and Mexico next to the first of two US border fences separating Tijuana from San Diego, and an Associated Press photographer was present to record the moment the man stopped Being a toddler in his own right, he chose a chance to seek a different, better life from what he had in Honduras or in a barren, overcrowded shelter in Tijuana. He knew he was likely to be arrested, but it seemed worth the risk if he could apply for asylum in the US.
As Mexican officials attempt to move more than 6,000 Americans stationed in Central America The open-air sports complex adjoins the border with a facility located 15 kilometers from the nearest intersection , has caused despair among the migrants who arrived in Tijuana more than two weeks ago.
Several migrants swam at or over the border barrier and were quickly arrested.
But the young man, his son, grabbed the night's sleep in hooded jacket, leggings and boots and waited opportunity, he climbed over the border barrier when the people holding his son on the Mexican side, he passed the child through the bars. After a quick look back, he disappeared into the night and went up a slope to a second barrier wall on the US side.
Not far away, at another part of the border crossing. Six men and one woman jumped or slipped across the border in Tijuana and were quickly arrested by US Customs and Border Patrol agents.
Another man from Honduras made a bolder decision. He tried to swim to the US side, but quickly got into trouble in the harsh waters of the Pacific.
A Mexican rescue team forcibly dragged the drenched man ashore after apparently seeking another attempt and took him to an ambulance