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/ Source: Associated Press
TIJUANA, Mexico ̵
US Customs and Border Guards said in a statement Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock crushers, in addition to the migrants who were trying to cross.
"None of the agents saw relatives of the migrants on the fence line, including children, who had an impact on chemical agents who were aiming at more distant stone throwers," the statement said.
An Associated Press photographer saw at least three salvos on the Mexican side of the border near the Tijuana beach, which affected the migrants. including women and children as well as journalists. The AP saw rocks thrown after US agents fired the teargas.
The agency said agents have seen "toddler-sized children" who were hard to cross via accordion wire. He said his agents could not help the children because the stones were thrown. The agents reacted with smoke, pepper spray and tear gas, it said. The AP journalist also saw plastic pellets fired by US agents.
The agency said 25 migrants had been arrested while others had crept back through a hole under the fence to Mexico patrolmen after the migrants had tried to get from Tijuana to San Diego on New Year's Day. Guillermo Arias / AFP – Getty Images
Customs and border guards said that the incident would be reviewed using force policy by its Occupational Responsibility Office last month with the Honduran caravan.
The caravan that left Honduras in mid-October grew to over 6,000 members during its one-month hike north. It was a permanent target of President Donald Trump, who frequently referred to this in the run-up to the US midterm elections in November.
Many of the migrants wait in Tijuana for a chance to apply for asylum in the asylum application USA, but there was a backlog before the arrival of the caravan and the wait is expected to take many months. Others found work in Mexico and tried to settle there.
In an earlier incident, US agents spread tear gas across the border after some migrants attempted to break the border after a peaceful march in Tijuana on November 26. Hundreds of migrants The wind behind the gas was affected.
Trump is currently imprisoned in a battle with Congressional Democrats for funding the border wall he plans to build. The stalemate has led to a partial stoppage of the government.