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Area near Calexico Outlets identified as illegal entry point

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Border Patrol claims location sees illegal border crossings every day

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The U.S. Border Patrol says it's identified a frequently-used illegal entry point, and it's inside Calexico's city limits.

Agent Carlos Pitones says video shows multiple illegal crossings near the Calexico Outlets every day. Pitones tells News 11's Gianella Ghiglino, migrants are often seen scaling the 30-foot fence and making their way towards the mall.

He says the Border Patrol wants it to stop.

"There are definitely dangers involved and that's why we have agents on both sides of the mall," said Pitones.

“Usually when I leave my shift I take the back roads and I always see Border Patrol gathered around a few people maybe two or three,” said Anna, Manager at Papaya. 

“Generally it's around the night that we close we usually see border patrol and they get them,” said Ashley, Manager at Bless.

Border Patrol agents say they also have agents patrolling the inside of the mall.

“They’ve gotten people in front of the store and in the middle of the mall and agents do come inside and look around inside the dressing rooms and all that," said Ashley.

These daily border crossings are evidence that even Trump's new wall cannot stop people risking their lives to come here.

 Due to COVID, the trump administration says all illegal crossings will be returned to Mexico immediately. 

“It sucks I mean some people want to come here and prosper but sometimes it just doesn’t work out,” said Ashley. 

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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