Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Border Patrol Arrests 42 Migrants While Mexico Deports Others

Border Patrol Arrests 42 Migrants While Mexico Deports Others

President Donald Trump is strongly defending the US use of tear gas at the Mexican border to repel a crowd of migrants that included angry rock-throwers but also barefoot, crying children.

The clash Sunday came as hundreds of migrants from a caravan that originated in Central America pushed past Mexican riot police and rushed the border at the port of entry in San Ysidro.

A former top Border Patrol official said Monday that the pepper spray used to stop migrants from forcing their way across the USA border to seek asylum was so harmless they could eat it on their nachos. "You've seen them, they're carrying signs, 'I want a job.' That doesn't qualify for asylum".

On Sunday video footage showed scores of people attempt to push through the border fence.

A group of Central American migrants- mostly from Honduras- get over a fence as they try to reach the US-Mexico border
A group of migrants climbed a fence as they tried to reach the US-Mexico border

Mexico City has promised to ramp up security at the border.

More than 5,000 migrants are now residing in the border city of Tijuana, according to reports, which has drawn the ire of the mayor.

Says of tear gas use against migrants, "Is this legal?"

The wind carried fumes from several rounds of tear gas to people hundreds of feet away who were not attempting to enter the U.S., The Associated Press reported.

He tweeted: "Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries". Among those affected were pregnant women and children, according to Honduran migrant Myrna Lissete Amaya, who said some of the younger kids fainted.

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

Many hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day.

Scott said agents "deployed tear gas to protect themselves and to protect the border" after migrants threw rocks and debris at agents.

Trump hit out again by threatening a permanent closure of the frontier, and defended the use of tear gas by United States border patrol.

CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement four agents were hit with rocks on Sunday, but they did not suffer serious injuries. On the east side, some pulled back a panel of fencing made of Army surplus steel landing mats to create an opening of about 4 feet, through which a group of more than 30 people crossed, according to a US official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Francisco Vega, the governor of Baja California, said nearly 9,000 migrants were in the state - mainly in Tijuana, with a lesser number in Mexicali - and called it "an issue of national security". There are more than 7,000 at the USA border in Tijuana and the city of Mexicali, with more than 800 others still moving toward the border.

"We're dealing with folks who've already been traumatized by what they have encountered in their march toward this country, and many of them are fleeing countries that the U.S. intervened in", Wane told hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon, referring to the thousands of Honduran migrants fleeing circumstances caused by the US-supported 2009 coup in their home country.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum, who has said his city is facing a humanitarian crisis, told a local radio station the United States would take up to three months to start processing asylum requests.

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