Officials Fire Tear Gas at San Ysidro Border

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Via CNN

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On Sunday, Nov. 25th, the San Ysidro border between Tijuana and San Diego was shut down due to a group of migrants attempting to “rush the border” on the Mexican side. This led California Border Patrol officers to release tear gas in an attempt to disseminate the group.

The triggering of this incident was a march from the Benito Juárez Sports Complex to the border. Coordinators of the protest explained that it was intended to be a peaceful event.

Via UPI

Images from the incident show the migrant families running–screaming and crying–from the tear gas. Many of the families included small children.

Once they reached the border, migrants attempted to enter through multiple locations. As originally reported by CNN, several members of the group, “attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure along the border and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them,” explained Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

Via CNN

Both pedestrian and automobile traffic at the border was closed for hours but reopened by that afternoon. Because San Ysidro is the largest land border in the Western Hemisphere, this was very significant.

Tensions surrounding the border have been building for weeks. Groups of migrants had been making the trek towards the border in the midst of threats from President Trump of closing the San Ysidro Port of Entry.  

Via Fox 61

This group was a part of the Central America migrant caravans who have been traveling north toward the U.S. from Central America for the past year or so.

Most recently, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has agreed to process eight of the 21 migrant individuals. The rest of those seeking asylum are still waiting for their claims to be processed.