Monday, November 26, 2018

Border Patrol: Tijuana Border Closed As Migrants Attempt To Breach Fence, Dodge Tear Gas


U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement release that the port of entry at San Ysidro, north of Tijuana and south of San Diego, were closed since about 11:30 a.m.

As reported by ABC News, some demonstrators on the Mexico side of the border "split off to heard towards multiple locations along the border," and some attempted to enter the U.S. in areas "directly east and west" of the border crossing, the release stated. Some also attempted to enter the U.S. through northbound and southbound vehicle lanes at the port of entry, but they were "stopped and turned back to Mexico," according to CBP.

According to DHS Secretary Nielsen migrants tried to harm border patrol agents by throwing projectiles at them.
AP-PHOTO – Migrants run from tear gas, thrown by the U.S border patrol, near the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 25, 2018.

AP reported tear gas was deployed on migrants and Chris Sherman, the AP’s correspondent said a strong breeze carried the tear gas significantly far.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry indicated that no one was hurt, also according to the ABC report.

"To ensure public safety in response to large numbers of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally," United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said the border was closed.

Nielsen also indicated Some migrants threw "projectiles" at CBP agents.
"After being prevented from entering the Port of Entry, some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them," Nielsen said. "As I have continually stated, DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons. We will also seek to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who destroys federal property, endangers our frontline operators, or violates our nation’s sovereignty."

Nielsen added that US officials will "continue to stay in close contact with Mexican authorities" to resolve the situation safely.


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