There was a serious escalation of the already high tensions at the southern border with Mexico Sunday as border patrol agents fired tear gas at a group of migrants. Children were among those affected by the gas. One witness said migrants opened “a small hole in concertina wire at a gap on the Mexican side of a levee,” which then led border agents to fire tear gas, reports the Associated Press. “We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more,” the witness said as she held her three-year-old daughter in her arms. Images on local television also showed migrants trying to jump over the fence at the border. Local news reports showed images of border authorities firing rubber bullets at the migrants.
Hundreds of Migrants Rush U.S. Border in Tijuana
The New York Times reports Hundreds of Migrants Rush U.S. Border in Tijuana.
A peaceful march by Central American migrants waiting at the southwestern United States border veered out of control on Sunday afternoon, as hundreds of people tried to evade a Mexican police blockade and run toward a giant border crossing into California.
In response, the United States Customs and Border Protection agency shut down the border crossing in both directions.
US Customs and Border Protection closed road and pedestrian bridges on Sunday at the San Ysidro port of entry, one of the largest land border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
As crowds amassed at San Ysidro, around 500 migrants overwhelmed federal and local Mexican police blockades and rushed toward the border, said freelance reporter Alfredo Alvarez, who is in the crowd.
They appeared to get close to the border wall, Alvarez said. He could not see from his position if the migrants had managed to get across the actual border.
Aerial View of Temporary Shelter
Trump Approves Lethal Force
Note that president Trump has approved "Lethal Force".
"If they have to, they're going to use lethal force. I've given the OK," Trump said. "If they have to -- I hope they don't have to."
"I have no choice," Trump said, and, without providing evidence, added, "You're dealing with a minimum of 500 serious criminals" and "rough people."
This is highly likely to turn very violent as thousands of migrants stack up in Tijuana, all desperate to get through, with the border closed.
Expect lethal force.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock