Tear gas fired at border migrants


November 26, 2018 - 11:08 AM

View of tear gas that border police used to prevent groups of people from crossing the US-Mexico border at El Chaparral on Sunday in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. A group of migrants from the caravan of Central Americans who advanced today towards the San Ysidro gateway deviated from the planned route to try to cross the border wall by other points, while the border police used tear gas. EFE/ZUMA PRESS/DAVID GUZMAN/TNS

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. border agents fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants protesting near the border with Mexico on Sunday after some of them attempted to get through the fencing and wire separating the two countries, and American authorities shut down the nation’s busiest border crossing from the city where thousands are waiting to apply for asylum.

The situation devolved after the group began a peaceful march to appeal for the U.S. to speed processing of asylum claims for Central American migrants marooned in Tijuana.

Mexican police had kept them from walking over a bridge leading to the Mexican port of entry, but the migrants pushed past officers to walk across the Tijuana River below the bridge. 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.

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