In Mexico, thousands of Central American asylum seekers have been waiting in Tijuana and the wait is expected to be many months.
On the New Year, U.S. authorities fired tear gas at migrants to stop „violent mob”, along the U.S.-Mexico border, to keep roughly 150 migrants from breaching the border fence into San Diego. It affected many people, including women and children. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that the gas was aimed at rock throwers on the Mexican side who prevented agents from helping children. 25 migrants, rock-throwing, all individuals from central America, were also detained.
Tear gas at the Mexico - U.S. border
“Once again we have had a violent mob of migrants attempt to enter the United States illegally by attacking our agents with projectiles. As has happened before - in this and previous administrations -- our personnel used the minimum force necessary to defend themselves, defend our border, and restore order,” the spokesman said. Border Patrol also used smoke devices and pepper spray on the migrants. The migrants arrested during Monday night’s incident will likely face deportation proceedings, but will also have the opportunity to apply for asylum. Customs and Border Protection said that under its use of force policy the incident would be reviewed by its Office of Professional Responsibility.