Mexican officials question use of force at the border

27 November, 2018, 07:53 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • US Mexico border

At least one man was wounded. But Sunday's action affected only the San Ysidro crossing and the USA forces appeared limited to Customs and Border Protection officers and Department of Homeland Security police, backed by San Diego police and the California Highway Patrol.

Mexican authorities have said 500 migrants were involved in the attempts to storm the border.

British aid group Oxfam said in a statement the use of tear gas was shameful.

US President Donald Trump recently commented on the tear gas deployment, telling reporters on Monday that migrants forced the hand of the CBP.

More than 5,000 migrants have been camped in and around a sports complex in Tijuana after making their way through Mexico in recent weeks via caravan.

Human rights and immigration advocates called the use of pepper spray on women and children inhumane.

If they enter the United States, legally or illegally, they have a right to seek asylum.

Officials reopened the crossing at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana on Sunday after shutting it down for several hours.

He tweeted: "Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries".

The clash between the migrant caravan and USA authorities along the Mexican border in recent days highlights a contentious topic in the immigration debate: asylum laws.

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Mexico looked set to shore up security near its border with the United States on Monday, as police lined up outside a shelter in the city of Tijuana and told Central American migrants they couldn't walk toward the border area. "Congress, fund the WALL!"

CBP temporarily halted border traffic on Sunday, but allowed crossings to resume Monday morning. "And so Democrats... most of what they have been able to offer to people is basically, 'Yes, we agree to be tough on the border and enforcement, but here are a few exceptional immigrants that we are willing to fight for'".

The sudden rush overwhelmed Mexican police, who were deployed with large clear shields and full riot gear.

Several hundred made it over the first barrier, with video clips posted on Twitter showing crowds of people dashing across a shallow concrete riverbed toward the United States. US border agents reacted by firing tear gas into Mexico.

People covered their faces to protect themselves from the acrid gas, as mothers clutched their young children and fled back to Mexico for safety.

Alyssa Milano, Kathy Griffin, and Rosie O'Donnell slammed President Trump after Sunday's border clash.

"But now it seems that they want to kill us, and we got very scared", said Jimenez.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, briefs the media on election interference, at the White House, on August 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Nielsen has said that the U.S. will not tolerate any "lawlessness" at the U.S. -Mexico border.

She added: "I was scared, and I thought I was going to die with them because of the gas". "They did so safely and without any reported serious injuries on either side of the border", McAleenan said.



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