Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tear Gas Greets Illegal Immigrants Trying To Sneak Across Border From Tijuana

Tear Gas Greets Illegal Immigrants Trying To Sneak Across Border From Tijuana

The incident comes on the heels of another recent event at the border in which hundreds of migrants tried to rush the border, forcing the hours-long closure of the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Some of the migrants threw rocks as others lifted children over the razor-edged wire late Monday in the San Diego sector, the agency said a statement, which was based on initial reports.

He explained that rock-throwers prevented agents from aiding women and children being passed over concertina wire that had been laid beyond the fence on the USA side.

The agency said agents saw "toddler-sized children" being passed over concertina wire with difficulty.

Twenty-five of the migrants, including two teenagers, were arrested after making it over the border fence.

Around 150 Central Americans tried to make the crossing near the town of Tijuana to the south of California on New Year's Day.

"These countermeasures successfully suppressed the rock throwers causing them to flee the area", CBP said in a statement.

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

A previous incident in November when US agents fired gas into Mexico to disperse migrants triggered a call from Mexico's government for an investigation, as well as global condemnation.

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According to the Washington Times, the migrants attempted to enter the country by climbing the fence or burrowing under the border fence until they were spotted by border patrol.

The Department of Homeland Security defended Border Patrol agents' use of tear gas at the southern border Tuesday as dozens of migrants tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana.

The migrants in both cases were part of a caravan that left Central America in October and traveled 4,300 kilometers (2,600 miles) to Tijuana in the hope of reaching the United States and requesting asylum.

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.

Mexico's new leftist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has sought not to antagonize Trump over the USA president's demands for a border wall.

On Nov. 26, Border Patrol agents also launched tear gas into Mexico to repel migrants that had broken away from a peaceful protest and attempted to cross the border illegally. The rest asked to be transported back home or dispersed to other parts of Mexico.

Border Patrol agents are beginning to feel the effects of the partial government shutdown.

The issue of border securityhas paralyzed the government after President Trump demanded an additional $5 billion in funding for securing the frontier and Democrats refused.

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