Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Border Patrol Arrests 42 Migrants While Mexico Deports Others

Border Patrol Arrests 42 Migrants While Mexico Deports Others

MA politicians have reacted with horror and condemnation to the photos of migrant women and children fleeing from tear gas fired by USA border agents near Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday.

President Trump on Monday defended border authorities' use of tear gas to prevent a mob from overrunning a US border crossing over the weekend, saying "some very tough people" were trying to break in.

The volatile situation prompted US authorities to close the San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest crossing along the US-Mexico border, for six hours.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer posted a tweet Sunday night urging USA and Mexican officials to resolve the situation without closing the border. Ted Cruz (R) for his seat in this month's midterm election, issued his rebuke the same day migrants were seen being tear-gassed by US agents in Tijuana near a port of entry.

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"As the crowd Sunday crossed the Tijuana River into California, more than one dozen agents responded to the border fence atop the levee and deployed pepper spray to hold them back, triggering the melee", the report continued.

Migrants run from tear gas, thrown by the US border patrol, near the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 25, 2018.

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

The vast majority of the more than 5,000 Central American migrants camped out for more than a week at a sports complex in Tijuana returned to their makeshift shelter to line up for food and recuperate from an unsettling afternoon. The Border Patrol office in San Diego said via Twitter that pedestrian crossings have been suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry at both the East and West facilities.

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Sunday's confrontation at the border occurred where there is already a physical barrier.

"We ran, but the smoke always reached us and my daughter was choking", Sarmiento said, visibly shaken.

Now Mexican authorities say they'll deport a portion of the 500 of the migrants who tried to enter America.

Trump has repeatedly suggested without evidence that the migrant caravans are full of hardened criminals, but they are mostly poor people with few belongings who are fleeing gang violence. Others continued to approach the border and were repelled by more tear gas.

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"The alarm went off and they began throwing tear gas at us".

Four agents were hit with rocks, but due to their protective gear they were not seriously injured, McAleenan said. Their presence has drawn Mexican troops, protesters and fiery rhetoric from President Donald Trump and Mexican officials.

Castillo said he was leaving "to avoiding getting beaten".

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