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US Border Patrol Unleashes Tear Gas Against Children in Mexico

US Border Patrol Unleashes Tear Gas Against Children in Mexico

The deployments were not directed at the migrants attempting entry on the US side or at the fence line.

Some of the migrants threw rocks as others lifted children over the razor-edged wire late Monday in the San Diego sector, the agency said a statement, which was based on initial reports.

In its statement following the incident, CBP said that the volleys were not aimed at migrants attempting the crossing, but at rock-throwers who prevented the agents from helping the children being dropped over the border fence.

But the Associated Press reports rocks were only thrown after agents fired tear gas, and a Reuters witness says one migrant was struck by what seemed to be a tear gas canister. "Initial reporting indicates that once the attempted illegal entry was thwarted by agents, the mob began pushing women and minors to the front, forcing minors to climb risky concertina wire, and encouraged conveniently invited media to begin filming their illegal acts".

The United States has also pushed Mexico to house Central American migrants while they seek US asylum.

The tear gas and pepper spray forced the rock throwers to flee while numerous migrants who were trying to illegally cross the border also turned back. He said Mexico "advocates respect for migrants' human rights, security and integrity, while calling for respect for laws on both sides of the border". CBP estimated that about 150 migrants attempted to sneak into the U.S. illegally.

On Nov. 26, Border Patrol agents also launched tear gas into Mexico to repel migrants that had broken away from a peaceful protest and attempted to cross the border illegally.

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An AP journalist also saw U.S. agents fire plastic pellets.

Most of the migrants returned to Mexico through a hole under the fence and by climbing back over the fence.

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, go down a hill after failing to cross the border between the U.S and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico Nov. 25, 2018.

Under CHP's use of force policy, the incident is being reviewed.

Amnesty International described the use of tear gas against migrants "cruel and inhumane" and called for an investigation.

It comes as the United States federal government remains shut down as President Donald Trump and Congress argue over funding for his proposed border wall.

Although President Donald Trump hasn't spoken directly about the New Year's Eve events, he did take to Twitter to condemn Nancy Pelosi for not taking a government shutdown over border security and illegal immigration seriously. The federal government began its 12th day of a partial shutdown Wednesday; it is unlikely to end before Congress resumes on January 3.

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