Mexican police deploy around caravan migrants after day of chaos at border

Mexican police deploy around caravan migrants after day of chaos at border

Arriving at the border, some chanted, "We are not criminals!"

"If it was a protest, it was a really stupid way to go about it because there were individuals who started throwing rocks and other projectiles", Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the paper of the November 24, 2013, incident.

At least one man was wounded, he told AFP.

Mexican police, some wielding shields, scattered migrants and protesters, many of whom rushed toward the USA border.

Tensions on the border had been rising in recent days, with thousands of migrants camped out in a sports stadium in Tijuana and hundreds periodically gathering near the main border crossing.

The US Government has defended its response to use tear gas after left-wing critics in the country said it was an over-the-top response. However, they were met with pepper spray and smoke pellets, according to The Epoch Times, and quickly dispersed.

Scott also said agents only resorted to using tear gas to deter migrants after members began to pelt US officials with rocks.

Trump, who for weeks has been condemning the caravan, lashed out once more on Monday.

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Numerous migrants say they want to apply for asylum in the United States, but U.S. border authorities are processing only a small number of asylum seekers per day, so frustration has grown.

Trump also tweeted on Saturday that migrants at the U.S. -Mexico border would stay in Mexico until their asylum claims were individually approved in U.S. courts, but Mexico's incoming government denied any deal had been struck. Trump said, referring to his central election pledge to build a wall across the US-Mexico border. They were pushed back by tear gas will be deported by Mexico.

Around 1,000 migrants, including women and young children, had been holding a peaceful midday demonstration in Tijuana when half of the group bolted toward the border.

The group managed to bypass a security cordon and scrambled to try and dismantle the fence and illegally enter the United States.

Honduran Ana Zuniga, 23, also said she saw migrants opening a small hole in concertina wire at a gap on the Mexican side of a levee, at which point US agents fired tear gas at them.

Officials reopened the pedestrian border crossing around 3:45 p.m. Sunday, then reopened vehicle lanes around 5 p.m.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers walks along a wall at the border between Mexico and the United States, as seen from San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

As the caravan got closer to the southern border, the president took to Twitter to explain that he was willing to shut down the southern border. There can be no disagreement when it comes to firing tear gas on innocent families.

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