Six undocumented Mexican immigrants were arrested today by U.S. Border Patrol agents at Qualcomm Stadium. Authorities say they were stealing food and water meant for wildfire evacuees.
San Diego police responded to a call about the alleged theft from the evacuation center and encountered six people in a van who didn't speak English and didn't have California driver's licenses. The officers called the Border Patrol, who arrived at the stadium and made the arrests. The immigrants reportedly admitted they were Mexican citizens and that they were stealing.
Border Patrol agents are not looking for illegal immigrants at the center but will continue responding to police calls for assistance.
"We are not in any means at Qualcomm for enforcement capacity," a spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. "We are not there to take advantage of a situation."
The spokesman said the agents have been helping in the evacuation and rescue effort in addition to carrying out their main duties.
"We are dedicated to our primary mission to securing our borders," he said.