>> The most heavily trafficked border crossing in the Western Hemisphere reopened between San Diego and Tijuana after it was closed amid clashes and chaos. US officials fired tear gas canisters into Mexico when a group of protesters and asylum seekers approached the border on Sunday. A Reuters photographer snapping these images appearing to show a woman trying to rush two children to safety.
The clashes erupted after the rising tensions in the area. Thousands of Central American migrants, who fled crime and economic conditions, have camped out in Tijuana and for days staged demonstration asking permission to work or seek safety in the US. Hundreds of migrants, including women and children, protested peacefully on Sunday, chanting we aren't criminals, we are hard workers.
On Sunday, Mexican police broke up one such demonstration when about 500 migrants rushed toward the US border. Images shared on social media show clouds of tear gas blanketing the protestors, US helicopters circling overhead. And Mexican riot police eventually containing the demonstration. US Customs and Border Protection posting a statement to social media on Sunday, saying, today, several migrants threw projectiles at the agents in San Diego.
Border Patrol agents deployed tear gas to dispel the group because of the risk to agents' safety. Several agents were hit by the projectiles, the situation is evolving and a statement is forthcoming.>> Warning, due to the current situation, the San Ysidro port of entry is now closed. Please exit in the proper manner to the nearest exit of immigration checkpoint.
>> An average 70,000 vehicles and 20,000 pedestrians cross from Mexico to the US at the San Ysidro point of entry every day. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump deployed military forces to the southern border in an effort to deter migrants from crossing or seeking asylum. But Pentagon officials said the soldiers, which include military police and engineers would leave immigration and law enforcement matters to customs and border protection agents.