"Or we can continue to ignore those countries and their people until they show up at our border".
It is reported that thousands of migrants attempted to "rush" the border barriers before they were beaten back by USA border patrol agents. "Many Tijuanans work, study, and visit the United States in healthy peace". 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.
The migrants are reportedly camping at a Tijuana stadium, near the Tijuana-San Diego border area.
It came after some migrants tried to breach the crossing point in Tijuana, yesterday, where around 9,000 people are camped. Police blocked the migrants from walking toward the border in the morning, though later on they allowed them to move about freely.
United States border patrol agents used tear gas to force the crowd back and shut the crossing - the busiest on America's southern border - for several hours, though it was back open on Monday.
"Our agents were being assaulted", Provost said. Many are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. At least three agents were struck by rocks, but were protected by their tactical gear: helmets, shields, and bulletproof vests. The Border Patrol office in San Diego said via Twitter that pedestrian crossings were suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry at both the East and West facilities.
The Border Patrol agents provided initial medical assistance and contacted the San Diego Fire Department for EMS services.
"Border Patrol agents have fired gas on the southwest border before and there doesn't appear to be any law against it, but the more important question is whether such an action was necessary to maintain order and protect lives", said Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute. "We must be better than this".
Is tear gas a chemical weapon? He then argued that the tear-inducing agent could be consumed with food.
Four agents were hit with rocks, but due to their protective gear they were not seriously injured, McAleenan said.
"We can't have all these people here", he said.
"Shooting tear gas at children is not who we are as Americans", Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted.
People covered their faces to protect themselves from the acrid gas, as mothers clutched their young children and fled back to Mexico for safety.
Another Honduran who gave his name as Wilmer said "they started throwing tear gas and they hit a journalist in the head".
Francisco Vega, the governor of Baja California, said nearly 9,000 migrants were in the state and called it "an issue of national security".