Border Patrol Holds Back a ‘Violent Mob of Migrants’ With Tear Gas After More Than 100 Rush the Border

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

California Border Patrol agents fended off around 150 migrants on New Year’s Eve after massive group rushed the United States border.

According to the Washington Times, the migrants attempted to enter the country by climbing the fence or burrowing under the border fence until they were spotted by border patrol.

When they were spotted, some of the migrants became violent and began to throw rocks at the agents, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

In response to the violence, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents used tear gas and pepper spray to break up the crowd.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement:

“Once again we have had a violent mob of migrants attempt to enter the United States illegally by attacking our agents with projectiles. The agents involved should be applauded for handling the situation with no reported injuries to the attackers.”

Waldman also accused the migrants of trying to turn the incident into a larger story by “conveniently” alerting the media of their plans prior to the altercation with the border patrol.

Border patrol noted that no children were hit by the tear gas. CBP released a statement saying, “No agents witnessed any of the migrants at the fence line, including children, experiencing effects of the chemical agents, which were targeted at the rock throwers further away.”

This statement along with Waldman’s criticism of the media being alerted likely stems from the now-infamous and heartbreaking photo of a mother and her children running from a tear gas cloud in November that spiked a massive debate about the use of the chemicals on migrants, a practice that was used by both the Trump administration and the Obama administration, as IJR previously reported.

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A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

This latest attempted group-crossing came midway through a partial government shutdown over a dispute between President Donald Trump and Democrats. The White House has requested that five billion dollars be added to the budget to pay for a border wall as part of the border security strategy for the United States.

House Democrats, who will take control of the chamber on January 3, proposed a bill with just $1.3 billion for wall funding. President Trump wasn’t thrilled by the offer, tweeting:

Waldman confirmed in her statement that a proper wall at the border could have helped stop the rush of migrants on New Year’s Eve.

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Tess
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Maybe Cuomo can go down and hold their hands….or, better yet, invite them to live with him.

Thomas Ianello
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I just can’t fathom why they don’t shoot to kill??? It’s a war zone and we should be able to defend our border by any means necessary! Now, I’m not trying to be ignorant here, but wtf already? How the hell can all these uppity assholes defend all that is going on? Why can’t we, as a nation of civilized people, put an end to this and start by locking up all the people that have done wrong in the eyes of the law. We need to start with killery and move up from there! Don’t cross that line!!!!!

Susan Driver
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Susan Driver

If the BP shoots a number of them, maybe that would stop them.

Michael Runner
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mustard gas would work much better

Blue
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Another “Stunt” from these Leftist Liberal assed Groups that are funding all of these migrant groups!! They organize & pay for this crap & then call CNN & the Leftist MSM to get More damn Attention at OUR Border!! They are just waiting for 1 of our Border Patrol Agents to do something they don’t agree with!! Wake Up America!! These Migrants are just like a bunch of damn Cockroaches, fleeing across our border with the cover of darkness!! SMH #BuildThatWallNOW

deb
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email, tweet, call or write your State Representatives & demand that they fund border security NOW! Spread the word, especially if it’s a Dem.

Phoenix
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How dare they try to go over or under our fence! Don’t they know how expensive that fence was?

Seriously though – they obviously weren’t looking to actually get across if they alerted the media. This was a stunt.

Again, I’m thankful border patrol was able to show restraint when up against someone throwing rocks. Tear gas is an appropriate response when up against a crowd throwing rocks at you. The police would do the same even to our own citizens throwing rocks at them.

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