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Hundreds of migrants try unsuccessfully to cross US border at Tijuana

Central American migrants try to avoid the US border agents during the migrants' attempt to illegally cross the frontier at the Playas de Tijuana on Jan. 1, 2019. EFE-EPA/Joebeth Terriquez

Central American migrants try to avoid the US border agents during the migrants’ attempt to illegally cross the frontier at the Playas de Tijuana on Jan. 1, 2019. EFE-EPA/Joebeth Terriquez

EFE

At least 100 Central American migrants tried to illegally cross into the US through the Playas de Tijuana zone after dark on New Year’s Eve but were unable to do so, human rights entities reported.

The crossing attempt sparked an intense mobilization of US Border Patrol agents, who fired at least two tear gas grenades to repel the migrants, the officials said.

According to one report, on Monday night, the migrants gathered on one side of the wall separating the two countries at the Playas de Tijuana and in the laurel canyon along the border.

Border Patrol units deployed at those two spots could be seen waiting for the migrants.

US border agents launched the tear gas at the Playas de Tijuana.

Young people, women, children and whole families of migrants remained at the site for some time but finally left the area when they noted the presence of the border agents, who told them that if they tried to cross they would be arrested.

So far, no official report has been issued on the matter and it is not known precisely how many migrants - if any - managed to cross the frontier and were then detained.


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