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Border tunnel discovered in San Diego on same day of DHS Secretary John Kelly visits

February 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border tunnel discovered in San Diego on same day of DHS Secretary John Kelly visits

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On Friday, authorities in Mexico discovered a new drug tunnel in Tijuana, which is the same day the U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS Secretary John Kelly was touring the U.S./Mexico border.

The tunnel was found when Mexican state police confronted an armed man in a Tijuana parking lot, according to a statement released by the Mexican government. The area of the tunnel opening is in Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, officials said.

Lauren Mack, the U.S. Immigration, and Customs Enforcement spokesperson, indicated that the tunnel was incomplete and did not reach U.S. territory, NBC San Diego reported.

DHS Secretary John Kelly was set to visit one of the most protected stretches of the border that separates San Diego from Tijuana.

Kelly was touring the border in Arizona and California for the first time since he was appointed secretary in January. He visited the border in southern Texas last week.

Everard Meade, the Director of the Transborder Institute at the University of San Diego, told NBC7 that the border wall in San Diego doesn’t hinder drug smugglers.

“We’re talking about this physical border because it’s a good political symbol, but it’s not how most people and things get into the U.S. anyway,” Meade said.

He also noted that the U.S. requires Mexico’s assistance when it comes to such occurrences.

“The analogy is, you build a 20-foot wall, they build a 21-foot ladder,” he added.

The DHS reported that an estimated 148 tunnels have been constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border since 2006, most of them are located in Arizona and California.

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