Mission residents concerned migrants are hiding in tall grass

3 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Tuesday, June 08 2021 Jun 8, 2021 June 08, 2021 6:05 PM June 08, 2021 in News - Local

People who live off of Lakeview Drive in Mission say their neighborhood is becoming a hiding spot for migrants because the city hasn't cut the grass.

“With this grass being so high, there's so much area for people to hide,” a neighborhood resident who asked to remain anonymous said. “There have been cases of people being inside these canals here. At night times you'll hear the gunshots go off.”

He said he's used to seeing migrants being chased by border patrol agents in the area. The resident said things got worse with the pandemic when the city stopped cutting the grass, and when he started seeing more migrants. 

"I called the city again today to tell them, 'Hey look. We've had an issue with the grass being so high we can't even see five feet in front of us,’” the resident said.

The Mission Police Department said they frequently assist Border Patrol in this area. A representative for U.S. Customs and Border Protection for CBP also confirmed that this area is a "high-traffic" area, without offering any more details.

The city of Mission’s planning director said the neighborhood is on a priority mowing list, but it was recently been put on pause because of rain. 

Mission Planning Director Susie de Luna added that some of the area is also private property.

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