TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Migrants approaching the U.S. border from Mexico were enveloped with tear gas Sunday after a few tried to breach the fence separating the two countries.
U.S. agents shot the gas, according to an Associated Press reporter on the scene. Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem.
Honduran migrant Ana Zuniga, 23, said she saw migrants open a small hole in concertina wire at a gap on the Mexican side of a levee, at which point U.S. agents fired tear gas at them.
“We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more,” she told the AP while cradling her 3-year-old daughter Valery in her arms.
Mexico’s Milenio TV likewise demonstrated pictures of a few transients at the fringe endeavoring to hop over the fence. A couple of yards away on the U.S. side, customers spilled all through an outlet shopping center.
U.S. Fringe Patrol helicopters flew overhead, while U.S. specialists held a vigil by walking past the wire fence in California. The Border Patrol office in San Diego said through Twitter that person on foot intersections have been suspended at the San Ysidro port of section at both the East and West offices. All northbound and southbound activity was stopped.
Prior Sunday, some Central American vagrants, pushed past a bar of Mexican police standing gatekeeper close to the worldwide outskirt crossing.
In excess of 5,000 transients have been stayed outdoors in and around a games complex in Tijuana in the wake of advancing through Mexico as of late by means of a procession. Many want to apply for the haven in the U.S., however, operators at the San Ysidro passage point are preparing less than 100 refuge petitions multi-day.
A portion of the transients who went ahead Sunday approached each other to stay serene
They appeared to effectively go through the Mexican police barricade without utilizing brutality.
The second line of Mexican police carrying plastic riot shields stood guard outside a Mexican customs and immigration plaza, where the migrants were headed.
That line of police installed tall steel panels behind them outside the Chaparral crossing on the Mexican side of the border, which completely blocked incoming traffic lanes to Mexico.
Irineo Mujica, who has accompanied the migrants for weeks as part of the aid group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said the aim of Sunday’s march toward the U.S. border was to make the migrants’ plight more visible to the governments of Mexico and the U.S.
“We can’t have all these people here,” Mujica told The Associated Press.
Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.