Border patrol agents repel migrant caravan 'violent mob' with tear gas

Border Patrol agents hold their guns as migrants try to go over the border fence near Tijuana Mexico

Border Patrol agents hold their guns as migrants try to go over the border fence near Tijuana Mexico

This statement along with Waldman's criticism of the media being alerted likely stems from the now-infamous and heartbreaking photo of a mother and her children running from a tear gas cloud in November that spiked a massive debate about the use of the chemicals on migrants, a practice that was used by both the Trump administration and the Obama administration, as IJR previously reported. "Border Patrol agents witnessed members of the group attempt to lift toddler-sized children up and over the concertina wire and having difficulty accomplishing the task in a safe manner", CBP said. "Initial reporting indicates that once the attempted illegal entry was thwarted by agents, the mob began pushing women and minors to the front, forcing minors to climb unsafe concertina wire, and encouraged conveniently invited media to begin filming their illegal acts".

This group of migrants thought security at the US-Mexico border would be more relaxed in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Agents used pepper spray upwind and tear gas of the migrants to try and deter them from throwing rocks.

After that attempt, part of the group stayed near the border and other Central Americans arrived to join them.

"Shortly thereafter, migrants began throwing rocks over the fence at the CBP agents and officers".

The incident marks the second time in recent weeks that border agents have had to use tear gas against a mass attempt to overwhelm the border.




The AP is disputing the claim that the use of tear gas was precipitated by rock throwers, saying the gas was sacked first.

Border Patrol arrested 42 migrants after the November incident, but criminal charges were not filed.

Tear gas thrown by Border Protection officers on the San Diego, Calif. side of the U.S. -Mexico border causes migrants to disperse on the Tijuana, Mexico side of the border on January 1, 2019. The majority of migrants returned to Mexico.

Thousands of Central American migrants have been camping at shelters in Tijuana since arriving in November after traveling in caravans across Mexico to reach the US border, where many have hoped to request asylum. Others have found jobs in Mexico and tried to settle there.

Trump has been locked in a fight with Congress over funding for the border wall that he wants to build.

Mexico's new leftist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has sought not to antagonize Trump over the US president's demands for a border wall. The federal government began its 12th day of a partial shutdown Wednesday; it is unlikely to end before Congress resumes on January 3. CBP argued that none of the crossing migrants, including children, suffered from the effects of gas, as the targeted perpetrators stood further away from the fence.

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