U.S. border agents pushed Migrants back with tear gas and rubber bullets

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Kim Kyung-Hoon Reuters

"Does this not strike you as excessive?" Tear gas is allowed to be used in domestic law enforcement to control riots.

The New York Times reports that what started as a peaceful march by Central American migrants waiting at the border devolved when a group rushed the crossing into the United States. He said he still hoped to cross to the United States and work, but conceded it could be more hard now.

"Most of them are adult males". "This woman placed her own life and her children's lives in peril".

Traffic in both directions was suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana, the busiest land border in the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said on Twitter. News reports say that hundreds of them left the stadium on November 25 and marched over to the border, some carrying posters and signs, to make their case and be allowed into the United States.

Mexico after being hit by tear gas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after attempting to illegally cross the border wall into the United States in Tijuana Mexico Nov.25 2018
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It came after some migrants tried to breach the crossing point in Tijuana, yesterday, where around 9,000 people are camped. While Trump's base appears to be thrilled with the tough stance on the border (at least judged by Fox & Friends reactions), while critics see shooting tear gas/pepper spray into Mexican territory as an overreaction to rocks being thrown at border agents.

"Our agents were being assaulted", Provost said.

"Longer term: work with the people of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to address underlying conditions that are causing them to flee in the first place". Colburn is the former national deputy chief of U.S. Border Patrol, according to an online bio.

When they neared the second fence United States border agents fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them as helicopters buzzed overhead, an AFP journalist saw.

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Another agent, Elley Taylor, was driving a vehicle when a large rock struck the hood of the auto. Some border patrol vehicles were damaged, he said.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that USA authorities will continue to have a "robust" presence along the Southwest border and that they will prosecute anyone who damages federal property or violates US sovereignty.

Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied the migrants for weeks as part of the aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the aim of Sunday's march toward the US border was to make the migrants' plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S.

An Associated Press reporter saw US agents shoot several rounds of tear gas after some migrants attempted to penetrate several points along the border. "We must be better than this". "In diapers. Choking on tear gas", he tweeted. He then argued that the tear-inducing agent could be consumed with food. The United States is one of 193 parties committed to the convention.

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He said that it was a "very risky situation" for agents and they responded appropriately.

"We can't have all these people here", he said.

However, video of the scene also showed a cloud of tear gas that sent people running and screaming, including families with young children. Many pointed to the children left gagging from the gas attack as evidence that Trump's push against a caravan of asylum seekers from Central America had gone too far. Honduras has condemned the incident and called on the United Nations to address its request for assistance for the stranded migrants. Is this moral? Is this accurate?

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