Donald Trump Defends Using Tear Gas Against Migrants

27 November, 2018, 07:55 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • US Mexico border

US officials closed the border crossing at San Ysidro for several hours at the end of last week.

Around 1,000 Central American migrants held an initially peaceful rally in Tijuana, on the border with the U.S., on Sunday. More police carrying plastic riot shields were on the other side, but migrants walked along the river to an area where only an earthen levee and concertina wire separated them from U.S. Border Patrol agents.

On Monday, President Trump defended the U.S. Border Patrol authorities use of tear gas, stating: "They had to use it; they were being rushed by some very tough people".

U.S. President Donald Trump has raised alarm for weeks about a caravan of Central American migrants as it approached the United States, with its members planning to apply for asylum on reaching the United States.

It came after some migrants tried to breach the crossing point in Tijuana, yesterday, where around 9,000 people are camped. The migrants, who are fleeing poverty and violence, have said they would wait there until they could request asylum, despite growing USA measures to tighten the border.

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According to Trump, Border Patrol had to utilize tear gas because hundreds of caravan riders were becoming violent and agents' lives were at risk.

"This is something that our partners to the south need to work with us on, so that we do not have to feel the brunt of this pressure", Judd said.

Days before, Guerrero reported that mothers in the caravan she had spoken to had told her that the feared "certain unruly men", such as those who had previously protested at the U.S. -Mexico border fence to be allowed into the country, of hurting their chances of entering by creating a "bad reputation" for the entire group. These are people - they call them grabbers.

A small group, some of them bearing the Honduran flag, broke off and headed a few hundred feet (metres) away toward a canal between Tijuana and San Diego that leads to the border fence.

While the DHS chief did not comment specifically on her agency's use of tear gas, she did say that CBP was "forced to close the San Ysidro POE [port of entry] to ensure public safety in response to a large [number] of migrants seeking to illegally enter the U.S".

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Protesters were caught between the Mexican and USA authorities.

"On the other side, unfortunately, I can not agree on the use of force, not even that type of force that is tear gas or rubber bullets", Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said.

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. What do they want me to do?

Trump wants migrants to remain in Mexico while their United States asylum cases are adjudicated. Mexico has pledged to deport the 500 or so migrants that stormed the border on Sunday back to their home country of Honduras.

"It is important to note that the fact the Mexican government protects their rights", the commission said, "does not imply a free pass to break the law".

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