Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Mexico Increases Border Security after Migrants Attempt to Cross

Mexico Increases Border Security after Migrants Attempt to Cross

An Associated Press reporter saw USA agents shoot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate several points along the border.

The dozens of migrants were apparently part of the caravan that is seeking to come into the United States, and they were detained after crossing the border near San Ysidro, California.

"Images of barefoot children choking on tear gas thrown by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol should shock us to our core", said Vicki Gass, Oxfam America Senior Policy Advisor for Central America.

Democrats and other critics called the Trump administration's use of tear gas toward the migrants an overreaction, and blamed the administration for rejecting efforts to address larger immigration issues.

"[CBP] effectively managed an extremely risky situation involving over 1,000 individuals who sought to enter the USA unlawfully in large groups".

Donald Trump on Monday threatened to close the U.S. -Mexico border, "permanently if need be", due to the ongoing crisis of a migrant caravan assembled at the border in Tijuana, the New York Post is reporting.

Mexican authorities intervened, prompting a rush toward the border by some people, before United States agents fired tear gas.

Rodney S. Scott, chief patrol agent for the San Diego sector, also told CNN that USA officials arrested 42 people, mostly adult males, who made it into the United States.

Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told CNN "numerous" people had made it across the border on Sunday, adding that most of those who were detained were men.

Mexican police had kept them from walking over a bridge leading to the Mexican port of entry, but the migrants pushed past officers to walk across the Tijuana River below the bridge.

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About 5,000 Central American migrants have been staying at a sports center in Tijuana for more than a week.

"Star Trek" star George Takei wrote: "Make no mistake: Trump is testing whether he can get away with things like firing tear gas at young children".

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

The incident lasted almost two hours, with two groups of migrants tear gassed after they crossed the Tijuana River, eventually returning to a stadium where they've camped for days, waiting for the opportunity to apply for asylum.

Mexico has begun taking steps to increase security near its border with the United States.

As migrants tried to cross the border, authorities on the USA side used tear gas to disperse them. In response, the shielded, helmeted agents fired separating Triple-Chaser tear gas grenades at masses of people that contained many women and children. "You've seen them, they're carrying signs, 'I want a job.' That doesn't qualify for asylum".

Mexico has been in negotiations with the United States over a possible plan to keep migrants in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed.

According to the Times, the border crossing reopened Sunday night. "Congress, fund the WALL!"

Last week Trump gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis explicit authority to use military troops to protect Customs and Border Protection agents on the border, with lethal force if necessary.

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