Migrants and agents clash at border
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/02/19, 11:38 am
U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas at about 150 migrants at the border crossing between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego early Tuesday morning. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the tear gas targeted migrants throwing rocks apart from the ones attempting to cross the border. “No agents witnessed any of the migrants at the fence line, including children, experiencing effects of the chemical agents, which were targeted at the rock throwers further away,” the statement read. The U.S. agency said it detained 25 migrants while others escaped back into Mexico through a hole in the fence. The agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility will review the incident under its use of force policy.
U.S. border agents used tear gas in late November when migrants tried to cross the border between Tijuana and San Diego following a march. Migrants have been waiting in Tijuana to apply for U.S. asylum after leaving Honduras in a caravan in mid-October, but the wait time could be months. Some have settled in Mexico.
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