New Year's Eve: Tear Gas Fired at Breaching Migrating Caravans At US Border

On December 31, New Year’s Eve, about 100 Central American caravan migrants attempt to cross over from Tijuana to San Diego was foiled by US border patrol. Late November 2018, an intended peaceful march by Central American migrants became a crossing attempt when some of the group saw an opportunity to breach the border which led US agents to fire several shots of tear gas to stop the crossing attempt. In a repeat incidence on New Year’s Eve, US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) had to fire two smoke bombs at around 100 migrating caravans who attempted to breach the US-Mexico border as they sought to take advantage of preparation for the New Year by people on either side of the wall.

Attack Against US Border Agents

Attack was initiated against United States border agents by these violent mobs of migrants according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Katie Waldman, a DHS spokesperson, said the violent migrants tried entering the country illegally by attacking US agents with projectiles. After emphasizing that it has happened before, both in this administration and the ones before, he said the agents had to use the minimum force necessary to defend both themselves and the border and ultimately restore order. Katie said the agents should be lauded for handling the situation without any reported injury. He after that pointed to the need to fund the border wall as the migrants were seeing trying to make minors and women climb dangerous concertina wire. This latest move, firing tear gas at a group of migrants that include toddlers, by the border agents is expected to be met with widespread criticism as the previous ones. A migrant's face was covered in treatment while many others were heard crying in pain as they were trying to take cover. Thousands of caravan migrants are still waiting in Mexico for the opportunity to seek asylum in the US. Stay in touch and get alerts & emails directly in your inbox by subscribing to Visa Crimes Check here for our latest immigration updates, local immigration activities, emerging trends, visa news updates for Australia, Canada, US, UK, Germany and more.

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