Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Border Patrol: 42 arrested for illegally crossing US-Mexico border

Border Patrol: 42 arrested for illegally crossing US-Mexico border

"We will close the Border permanently if need be", he added.

Trump administration officials said that authorities had to respond with force after hundreds of migrants rushed the border near Tijuana on Sunday, some of them throwing "projectiles" at Customs and Border Protection personnel.

In 2007, the Border Patrol said that agents were attacked almost 1,000 times over a one-year period, prompting them to use tear gas and pepper spray.

"As the events unfolded, quick, decisive and effective action prevented an extremely risky situation", he said.

The US Government has defended its response to use tear gas after left-wing critics in the country said it was an over-the-top response.

"What we saw over and over yesterday was that people would purposely push women and children to the front and then begin basically rocking our agents", said the border chief, Rodney Scott.

After illegal migrants stormed the southern border at San Ysidro, California, on Sunday, Chris Cabrera of the National Border Patrol Council offered a simple solution for reducing the number of migrant caravan members who are fraudulently seeking asylum.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry, located between Tijuana and San Diego, had to be closed for hours Sunday after the incident.

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.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tiger forcefully reminded Trump of that law last Monday, when he issued a nationwide restraining order against the president's plan to consider asylum requests only from migrants who cross at legal checkpoints.

Honduran Ana Zuniga, 23, also said she saw migrants opening a small hole in concertina wire at a gap on the Mexican side of a levee, at which point US agents fired tear gas at them. It is the most heavily trafficked land border in the western hemisphere. While Trump's base appears to be thrilled with the tough stance on the border (at least judged by Fox & Friends reactions), while critics see shooting tear gas/pepper spray into Mexican territory as an overreaction to rocks being thrown at border agents. "Congress, fund the WALL!" he said in a statement on November 26.

Many hope to apply for asylum in the U.S. but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day. In total, more than 5,000 immigrants have been staying inside and nearby a sport complex in Tijuana, hoping to be allowed to enter the U.S.

"It was imperative we disperse them from the area".

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

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