By Tom Reopelle

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — It was a narrow escape for a group of immigrants who tried to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico via an abandoned gas pipeline.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports five Mexican nationals were back in their home country Thursday after the daring attempt.

After first entering a manhole in Tijuana, four men and one woman spent two hours crawling 100 yards through the defunct pipeline that was only 2.5 feet wide by 2.5 feet tall.

“It was so narrow they couldn’t back up, they just had to crawl north, kind of squirm through there,” said Border Patrol Agent Mike Jimenez.

At one point, the group had to figure out a way to keep from drowning while making their illicit voyage.

“There was water at one portion of the tunnel where they enetered where they said they could barely keep their heads above water to breathe,” said Jimenez.

Authorities eventually enlarged the opening, rescued all five people and returned them to Mexico.

One member of the group said they had paid as much as $5,000 to be smuggled into the U.S. through the pipeline, Jimenez said.

Comments (11)
  1. Phiilip says:

    This will be reported in the media as “deportation”. Thousands of these simple escorts back to Mexico are logged this way. That way the statistics can be artificially inflated to cause more immigration related controversy in the media. Major difference between a formal deportation hearing & a simple Return to Mexico (RTM).

  2. Jeezus says:

    No wonder Illegals are so mean and bitter toward homegrowns. They spend a lot of money to realize a dream that just isn’t here in America, not even for homegrowns. The best thing we coulda done as a nation was to leave all the other countries alone and take over Mexico’s govt. and land. Do it for their people and ours. Too late now but it woulda been epic for the whole world over.

    1. Jeezus says:

      yes i said epic (that was to draw in the younger audience too), and yes i am still on this comment board……aka…….doubly loserish.

  3. Jeezus says:

    There should be no reason that America is deemed a better place to live than Mexico, and if it is so terrible next door, then we shoulda focused on that place rather than oil rich Middle East…..because oil by the year 2011 shouldnt be our main source of energy. I’m no scientist or engineer but i can imagine that as smart and innovative as we are as a people that there is another solution. But too many greedy people in power need to keep their schemes and scams going, otherwise they wouldnt be the keen con-artists that they are. Business as usual.

  4. StopBreakingTheLaw says:

    I’m really surprised that authorities returned them back to Mexico so they say.

  5. Phiilip says:

    Formal U.S. Annexation of Mexico…hmmmmm .
    Not a bad idea. For US or THEM!

  6. Carol Donofrio says:


  7. pedro says:

    Failures won’t keep us down, we will keep trying, and we will suceed.

    1. 2bad says:

      Why don’t you try to succeed in your own country? What a failed, criminal, peasant culture. I’m SO SICK of illegal aliens!

  8. Carlys says:

    Why do they come here illegally??? They spend all this money, there is a legal immigration way!! Hello!!!

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