Border Patrol official: You could put pepper spray on nachos

Tuesday, 27 Nov, 2018

In 2013, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, "A group of about 100 people trying to illegally cross the border Sunday near the San Ysidro port of entry threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrol agents, who responded by using pepper spray and other means to force the crowd back into Mexico".

President Trump on Monday defended border authorities' use of tear gas to prevent a mob from overrunning a US border crossing over the weekend, saying "some very tough people" were trying to break in.

However Mr Trump, the U.S. president, and government agencies involved defended the response and insisted on the need to secure the border with Mexico.

The chaos comes as USA and Mexican officials wrangle over the issue of migration and discuss how to deal with asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico.

The journey of the so-called migrant caravan reached a head over the weekend as the USA closed, and then reopened, a busy border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego, and Mexico announced the deportation of a number of the migrants.

Many Democrats have expressed outrage at the agents' use of tear gas, but Judd, a 21-year veteran of the Border Patrol, strongly disagrees.

A small group, some of them bearing the Honduran flag, broke off and headed a few hundred feet (metres) away toward a canal between Tijuana and San Diego that leads to the border fence.

Mexican authorities have also announced that some 500 migrants will be deported for allegedly trying to "violently" and "illegally" cross the US border on Sunday.

Mexico City has promised to ramp up security at the border.

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More than 5,000 migrants have been camped in and around a sports complex in Tijuana after making their way through Mexico in recent weeks via caravan.

Officials reopened the crossing at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana on Sunday after shutting it down for several hours.

Earlier in the interview Monday, Colburn asserted that the so-called "caravan" of migrants and asylum-seekers "has a core of violence to it that basically communicates a sense of entitlement".

On Sunday 500 migrants attempted to break through the border.

"We ran, but the smoke always reached us and my daughter was choking", Sarmiento said, visibly shaken.

The American Civil Liberties Union released a statement criticizing the decision to use tear gas.

President Trump threatened to shut the 2,000-mile (3,200km) US-Mexico border down once more this morning. What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group, the caravan as we call them, would push women and children toward the front and then begin, basically, rocking our agents.

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. McAleenan said he was not aware of any successful illegal entries by caravan members into the US.

"If it was a protest, it was a really stupid way to go about it because there were individuals who started throwing rocks and other projectiles", Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the paper of the November 24, 2013, incident.

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