Posted at 9:41 am on January 2, 2019
The new year started with a bang down on the Mexican-American border near Tijuana. Unfortunately, the “bang” in question was the detonation of a tear gas canister, followed by several others as migrants from the Honduran caravan once again attempted to breach the border. This was just the latest incident of caravan members being unwilling to wait while their claims are being processed and taking matters into their own hands by attempting to overwhelm law enforcement at these locations. Most of them were pushed back yet again, but this is one more indication that 2019 isn’t bringing in a surge of law and order on the border. (Washington Times)
U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who were trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana.
An Associated Press photographer witnessed at least three volleys of gas launched onto the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana’s beach early Tuesday. It affected the migrants, including women and children, as well as members of the press.
Migrants who spoke with AP said they arrived last month with the caravan from Honduras.
CBP reported that there were children being brought over the border where immigration officials were waiting to process them, but more than 100 migrants began charging the border with some throwing rocks at the agents. The tear gas canisters were deployed in response to the violence.