A migrant woman was hurt during her attempt to climb a U.S.-Mexico border fence with her two small children.

Border Patrol agent Tekae Micheal said Saturday the 26-year Guatemalan woman was impaled on pieces of rebar (steel reinforcing rods) when she fell from the fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry Friday night.

The 26-year-old Guatemalan woman was with her two children, ages 3 and 5, when she crossed illegally, said Border Patrol Agent Tekae Michael.

The mother climbed the fence east of the border crossing, where construction crews have been working to replace decades-old primary fencing with a new barrier. When she fell, pieces of rebar pierced her side and buttocks.

Her punctures were not life-threatening and she was taken to a U.S. hospital.

The Los Angeles Times reports her children — ages 3 and 5 — were released to Border Patrol custody.

The woman told authorities she was not part of the caravan that traveled from Central America to the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

“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 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 is part of the ongoing work to replace decades-old fencing and is not connected with the U.S. military’s recent mission to strengthen the fence in response to the caravan.

The migrant caravan has made its way by foot and bus from Central America to the southern border of Mexico and from there to Tijuana, where thousands are now living in overcrowded shelters until they can seek asylum from the U.S.

Source: VOA news & San Diego Union Tribune

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