Back in October, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano visited San Diego and the San Ysidro Port of Entry claiming that the Obama administrations efforts had made the southwest border “more secure than ever before.”
Monday morning, at that same port of entry, two Americans waiting to cross into the United States were shot and killed:
The commute from Tijuana to San Diego had become routine for friends Sergio Salcido Luna and Kevin Joel Romero. The two Californians, who had moved south of the border to save money according to their employer, thought they would beat the crush of traffic at the border crossing by arriving before 3 a.m.
But Monday morning they never made it to their jobs in San Diego.
As they sat in their Mazda truck at about 2:40 a.m. in the line of cars at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, a gunman ran up and fatally shot both men with a 9-millimeter weapon, according to Baja California authorities. The gunman fled, and authorities said they have not determined a motive for the crime.
Luna, 25, and Romero, 28, both U.S. citizens, were on their way to work at a beer equipment maintenance company in San Diego. The owner, Matt Pelot, said they were hard workers who endured the sleep-depriving commute for family and economic reasons.
Luna, an aspiring mixed martial arts fighter originally from Bakersfield, was training for a bout in June. Romero had moved to Tijuana to live with his girlfriend because she didn’t have a visa to enter the U.S.
The southwest border is safer than ever before? I’m not so sure about that.
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