Police use tear gas on migrants at United States border

Arturo Kim
November 27, 2018

Thousands of additional migrants are also expected to arrive in Tijuana.

Although the number of people in the caravan was relatively small, the unrest, with migrants attempting to climb fences and run through vehicle lanes to reach the USA, and scenes of mothers and children choking on tear gas, represented a serious escalation of the caravan crisis.

Hundreds of migrants approaching the California border from Mexico were enveloped with tear gas Sunday after several tried to make it past fencing and wire separating the two countries. Many say they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras.

Mexico doesn't want the migrants any more than the US does.

Hours earlier, The Washington Post quoted her as saying that the incoming administration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had agreed to allow migrants to stay in Mexico as a "short-term solution" while the USA considered their applications for asylum.

"Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries", Trump said Monday on Twitter.

Several hundred made it over the first barrier and were trying to cross a second - topped with spikes - when US border officers began firing tear gas at them even as US Army helicopters flew low overhead. But Sunday's action affected only the San Ysidro crossing, the busiest port of entry between the United States and Mexico.

Milenio TV showed images of migrants climbing over fences and peeling back metal sheeting in an attempt to enter the US.

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The dramatic incident Sunday took place only three days after US President Trump threatened to close the "whole border" with Mexico if "it gets to a level where we're going to lose control or people are going to start getting hurt".

Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, described the Remain in Mexico plan as a strategy to take away the ability of migrants to live and work in the USA while cases are processed.

"Every once in a while, a new group gathers there, at the U.S. -Mexico border fence - and then pretty quickly after that, they are dispersed using tear gas".

Some of the migrants tried to breach the border fencing and "sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them", the statement said, referring to Customs and Border Patrol.

Some of them even started throwing rocks at agents, and USA agents reportedly responded by throwing tear gas into the crowd.

"Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in US No longer)", he wrote. During his presidential campaign, he promised he'd have Mexico pay for the wall. It said that 1,906 of them were members of the recent caravans.

Mexico is on track to send a total of around 100,000 Central Americans back home by the end of this year.

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