Week in Re­view

Mil­i­tary to stay on bor­der through hol­i­days; agents fire tear gas on protest­ing mi­grants

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NATION | WORLD -

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.

Ro­drigo Abd / As­so­ci­ated Press

Gre­gory Bull / As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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