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Illegal Immigrants Stuck in Concrete Pipe

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego firefighters and the Border Patrol rescued five suspected illegal immigrants who got stuck in a pipe as they tried to enter the United States Tuesday morning. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Two migrants successfully shimmied through the 2 by 2 foot cement pipe and popped out in the U.S. just a few feet from the border fence. But a third got stuck when he couldn’t squeeze his hips through the pipe's narrow opening.

Firefighters chipped away at the cement for about two hours to free the man. They discovered four more people inside.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack says officials found another tunnel in the area that tapped into storm drains three months ago.

Mack: And it was information we got from someone we found hidden inside of a vehicle who basically they tried to put her through the tunnel but it was too small, so they took her in a car.

Mack says recently several undocumented migrants have been found using the storm drain and sewer system to enter the United States. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

(Photo: Amy Isackson/KPBS .)

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