Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Migrants met with tear gas on US-Mexico border

Migrants met with tear gas on US-Mexico border

Since a caravan of Central Americans arrived in Tijuana last month after walking, hitchhiking and taking buses across Mexico, apprehensions in the San Diego sector have jumped. It affected the migrants, including women and children, as well as members of the press.

"To address the rock throwers assaulting agents and risking the safety of migrants attempting to cross who were already on the USA side, both smoke and minimal countermeasures were deployed", the agency added.

A similar incursion in November, also caught on video, drew massive criticism from Democrats in Congress, who called the use of tear gas cruel.

On the other side, U.S. Border Patrol agents wearing camouflage and night-vision goggles and carrying assault-style rifles yelled, "Get back!" in Spanish.

The incursion took place at a spot where there is border fencing, but it's a very old version that's relatively easy to penetrate.

Most of the migrants returned to Mexico using a hole under the fence or by climbing over it, CBP said, adding 25 people including two teenage migrants were detained. It said its agents could not assist the children because of the rocks being thrown.

In a hard jab, Romney highlights the 68-point plummet in trust America's closest allies have that the US president will do the right thing between former President Barack Obama's last year in office and Trump's first year. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the US border wall and hand themselves in to border patrol agents.

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Border Protection told AP that its Office of Professional Responsibility will be assessing the incident to see if the amount of force used was justified.

Border patrol officers responded by firing smoke, pepper spray and tear gas at the rock throwers in Mexico, distinguishing them from those who were trying to cross the fence line, CBP said.

Numerous migrants are waiting in Tijuana for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., but there was a backlog before the caravan's arrival and the wait is expected to be many months.

The Trump administration's use of chemical agents against asylum-seekers comes amid a government shutdown over the president's demand for $5 billion in border wall funding. That's one reason USA officials have added the razor wire.

"The Trump administration is defying worldwide law and orchestrating a crisis by deliberately turning asylum-seekers away from ports of entry, endangering families who see no choice but to take desperate measures in their search for protection", he continued.

Border patrol noted that no children were hit by the tear gas.

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