BREAKING: Migrants Storm Border - Tear Gas Deployed



On Tuesday, as 2018 ended and turned to a new year, US law enforcement personnel deployed tear gas to deter a group of approximately 150 migrants who attempted to illegally cross the border near Tijuana, Mexico.

Reports indicated that police deployed the gas as the group rushed the border, effectively deterring the attempted illegal entry and making 25 arrests.

In a statement, the US Border Patrol said the gas was used after agents became targeted by migrants who were throwing rocks at them from Mexico as they attempted to make contact with migrants who had crossed the border.

The ongoing issue of mass-migration has left the country bitterly divided along partisan lines, as well as a portion of the federal government locked in a shutdown as Democrats remain adamant in their refusal to provide funding for additional border security.

From ktla.com

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that the gas was aimed at rock throwers on the Mexican side who prevented agents from helping children who were being passed over the concertina wire. The agency says 25 migrants were detained.

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