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US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

1 year 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, January 01 2019 Jan 1, 2019 January 01, 2019 1:21 PM January 01, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who were trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana.

An Associated Press photographer witnessed at least three volleys of gas launched onto the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana's beach early Tuesday. It affected the migrants, including women and children, as well as members of the press.

Migrants who spoke with AP said they arrived last month with the caravan from Honduras.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that the gas was aimed at rock throwers on the Mexican side who prevented agents from helping children who were being passed over the concertina wire. The agency says 25 migrants were detained.

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