Mi­grants ar­rested af­ter scuf­fle at bor­der

Simcoe Reformer - - CLASSIFIEDS - Christo­pher Sher­man

TIJUA NA, Mex­ico — Mex­ico looked set to shore up se­cu­rity near its bor­der with the U. S. on Mon­day, and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said that 39 mi­grants were ar­rested af­ter a peace­ful march de­volved into may­hem when U. S. agents fired tear gas into Mex­ico to stop some mi­grants who tried to breach the in­ter­na­tional line.

Mex­ico’s In­te­rior Min­istry said it would im­me­di­ately de­port those who tried to “vi­o­lently” en­ter the U. S. from Ti­juana. Mean­while, Ti­juana’s mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment said that more than three-dozen mi­grants were ar­rested for dis­turb­ing the peace and other charges stem­ming from the march and what fol­lowed.

On Sun­day, the sit­u­a­tion at the bor­der de­volved af­ter a large group marched to the U. S. bor­der to ap­peal for the U. S. to speed pro­cess­ing of asy­lum claims for Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants ma­rooned in Ti­juana.

There, some at­tempted to get through the fenc­ing and wire sep­a­rat­ing the two coun­tries, lead­ing U. S. agents to fire tear gas.

Amer­i­can au­thor­i­ties also shut down the na­tion’s busiest bor­der cross­ing at San Ysidro for sev­eral hours at the end of the Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

Lurbin Sarmiento, 26, of Copan, Hon­duras, said she had been with her four- year- old daugh­ter at a con­crete riverbed, which had a trickle of wa­ter from the Ti­juana River, when U. S. agents fired the gas.

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

She said she never would have got­ten that close with her daugh­ter if she thought there would be tear gas.

Fumes were car­ried by the wind to­ward peo­ple who were hun­dreds of me­tres away.

On Mon­day, U. S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took to Twit­ter to ex­press his dis­plea­sure with the car­a­vans in Mex­ico and to make an­other pitch for his promised bor­der wall.

Trump has re­peat­edly sug­gested with­out ev­i­dence that the mi­grant car­a­vans are full of hard­ened crim­i­nals, but they are mostly poor peo­ple with few be­long­ings who are flee­ing gang vi­o­lence. Dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, he promised he’d have Mex­ico pay for a wall.

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