Week in Review
Military to stay on border through holidays; agents fire tear gas on protesting migrants
Days after Customs and Border Protection officials fired tear gas at Central American migrants, the Trump administration began preparations to extend the military mission along the border with Mexico, a White House official said Wednesday, likely keeping troops away from their normal posts through the holidays.
That decision would affect almost 6,000 active-duty military personnel now stationed in southern areas of Texas, Arizona and California, lengthening a mission critics deride as an unnecessary ploy to galvanize anti-immigrant sentiment.
Three days earlier, migrants frustrated by the slow asylum process sought to breach a border fence in Tijuana, leading U.S. border agents to fire tear gas on them.
Above, a Central American migrant runs from tear gas fired by U.S. agents last Sunday. At left, migrants yell at a border patrol agent after he removed a banner in Tijuana.