US agents fire tear gas to stop fence crossing
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 03, 2019,
Jan 03, 2019, 0:47
This most recent skirmish occur received much less coverage than the previous time that border skirmish that involved tear gas. The agency said officers fired smoke and other chemical agents into the crowd after some people began throwing rocks over the fence at border agents.
US officials said the group had attacked agents with projectiles but a Reuters witness did not see any migrants throwing rocks at usa agents.
Multiple children were among the migrants attempting to cross, and officers reported seeing some of them lift "toddler-sized children up and over the concertina wire".
News photographers captured images of migrants massed on the Mexican side of the border, lowering people down onto razor wire coiled along the ground at the bottom of the US side of the fence.
Shortly after the New Year began, dozens of migrants stood on a hill from which they could see U.S. border agents, who watched them closely.
Agents responded with smoke, pepper spray and tear gas, it said.
However, it turned out not to be the case: as the migrants prepared to climb the fence, US Customs and Border Protection agents retaliated with tear gas and arrested 25 people, including two teenagers. They spotted this caravan because of increased security at the border. Shortly after, migrants began throwing rocks over the fence at CBP officers.
The Border Patrol used tear gas against a storm of illegal immigrants November 25, prompting criticism from some Democrats, including one senator who suggested the chemical deterrent violated global law.
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.
Clouds of the noxious gas could be seen wafting up from around the fence at the border.
The Trump administration has defended its use of tear gas against migrants attempting to cross the border, saying it is necessary to stop certain migrants who throw rocks and other projectiles at border agents.
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 U.S. and requesting asylum.
Under CHP's use of force policy, the incident is being reviewed.
Trump has been locked in a fight with Congress over funding for the border wall that he wants to build. It has been a constant target of President Donald Trump, who referred to it frequently in the run-up to U.S. midterm elections in November. The stalemate has led to a partial government shutdown. Hundreds of people downwind of the gas were affected.