USA closes Mexican border crossing, repels some migrants with tear gas

USA closes Mexican border crossing, repels some migrants with tear gas

Other Democrats complained about threats of "deadly force" against the border incursions, which saw migrants punch through fencing, and launch rocks and bottles at agents who responded to stem the intrusion.

Over the weekend, violent clashes occurred as the United States attempted to stem the flow of people crossing into the country.

Celebrities are slamming President Trump after U.S. Border Patrol authorities used tear gas on Sunday to repel a crowd of caravan migrants who rushed toward the border.

Carla L. Provost, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, told Fox News on November 26 that agents used tear gas to defend themselves.

Mr McAleenan added: "As the events unfolded, quick, decisive and effective action prevented an extremely risky situation".

Appearing to defend her agency's response to the hundreds of migrants who approached the U.S. -Mexico border on Sunday, Nielsen said she would not "tolerate" any kind of "lawlessness" from anyone hoping to seek asylum in the U.S.

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"The facts are, the policy written under President Obama allows us to use tear gas to disperse a crowd that was very unsafe", he told the network.

Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott told CNN "numerous" people had made it across the border on Sunday, adding that most of those who were detained were men.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that USA authorities will continue to have a "robust" presence along the Southwest border and that they will prosecute anyone who damages federal property or violates US sovereignty. He said that Tijuana is struggling to shelter the large number of migrants.

"The tear gas was not deployed at the children", Mr. Judd countered, saying migrants were attempting to use them as shields.

"Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries", Trump wrote on Twitter.

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump called on Mexico to deport asylum seekers "back to their countries" and threatened to close the southern border "permanently" if the situation at the border was not brought under control. "Congress, fund the WALL!"

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In a diplomatic memo to theUS Embassy in Mexico City on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Relations requested an "exhaustive investigation" into the use of non-lethal weapons by the United States toward Mexico, the ministry said in a statement. "They did so safely and without any reported serious injuries on either side of the border", McAleenan said.

Mexico City has promised to ramp up security at the border. One woman is seen running with her children, grasping the wrists of one child in each hand, at least one dressed in a diaper as they escape the tear gas.

U.S. authorities needed to "minimize the level of force that is being used", he added.

Several hundred made it over the first barrier and were trying to cross a second - topped with spikes - when U.S. border agents began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at them.

As migrants tried to cross the border, authorities on the U.S. side used tear gas to disperse them.

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