How a photographer captured the image of a migrant mother and her children fleeing tear gas

How a photographer captured the image of a migrant mother and her children fleeing tear gas

Donald Trump tells Mexico to send migrants home, claiming many are stone cold criminals

Read more The US official also answered criticism of the use of gas on groups including women and children, images of which spread rapidly online on Sunday, by saying the migrants pushed women and children towards the front.

The arrests came amid clashes with members of a migrant caravan attempting to enter the US from Tijuana, where teargas was used to repel people trying to run across the border.

Rodney Scott, the chief agent for the San Diego sector, told CNN on Monday morning his agents arrested 42 people who made it across the border. Thirty-nine arrests were reported on the Mexican side of the border.

Mexico is looking set to shore up security near the border too, as police lined up outside a shelter in Tijuana and told Central American migrants they couldn't walk toward the border area.

Scott said eight of those arrested were women, and there were only a few children involved. The vast majority of the people were dealing with are adult males, he said.

DHS (Department of Homeland Security) will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons, she said.

The official rejected criticism of the use of teargas on a group that included children, saying some migrants had pelted agents with rocks and debris.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum on Friday declared a humanitarian crisis in his border city of 1.6 million, which he says is struggling to accommodate the crush of migrants.

The group immediately started throwing rocks and debris at our agents, taunting our agents, he said. Once our agents were assaulted, the numbers started growing. We had two or three agents at a time initially facing hundreds of people at a time. They deployed teargas to protect themselves and to protect the border.

On Monday, pedestrian crossings were suspended at the San Ysidro port of entry at both the east and west facilities, and all northbound and southbound traffic was halted.

Mexicos Government Will Increase Security at U.S. Border in Tijuana

Three agents were struck by rocks but were wearing helmets, shields and vests and were not seriously injured, Scott said. He said a number of border patrol vehicles were damaged.

More than 5,000 migrants have been camped in and around a sports complex in Tijuana after making their way through Mexico in recent weeks via caravan.

Members of the migrant caravan are mostly Central Americans fleeing violence or poverty in their home countries and planning to apply for asylum in the US.

Many hope to apply for asylum in the US but agents at the San Ysidro entry point are processing fewer than 100 asylum petitions a day.

Democrats and other critics called the Trump administrations use of teargas toward the migrants an overreaction, and blamed the administration for rejecting efforts to address larger immigration issues.

When it comes to Facebook, the picture is even bleaker. In the short term, Facebook remains a massive force; it has a $441 billion market cap, commands about 20 percent of the digital-advertising market, and generated nearly $16 billion in net income last year from the estimated 2.5 billion people who use at least one of its apps. But declining use among teens suggests the new-user pipeline may be drying up. Only 36 percent of teens say they use Facebook once a month, and just 5 percent call it their favorite social platform. Current 15-year-olds are using F.B. at an ~28 percent rate, if engagement does not improve over cohort life, suggests declines in young user penetration for core Facebook, incrementally increasing the importance of the I.G. and WhatsApp platforms for overall F.B., Piper Jaffrays senior analysts concluded. Much of the burden for growth, in other words, will fall to Facebooks more popular acquisitions. But in recent months, the founders of Instagram and WhatsApp have left their respective companies, leaving Mark Zuckerberg (an elder millennial, himself) to re-assert control. Already, hes introduced features that tie Instagram more tightly to Facebook, including prompts to connect to Facebook or open the Facebook app in the Settings and Notifications section. So far, its unclear how Instagrams users will respond to the changes. But at least one has met with disapproval. Ive only ever tapped into the IGTV icon by accident, one teen told me, because its right next to D.M.s.

Teargassing families seems unnecessary, Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project, told CNN.

After allowing the so-called migrant caravan to disappear from headlines following the midterm elections, Donald Trump recaptured the energy of his base this weekend by engineering a grotesque clash between U.S. border patrol and hundreds of migrants seeking asylum. For weeks, the president had been building tensions over immigration, deploying thousands of National Guard troops, closing ports of entry, claiming new powers to block asylum-seekers caught at the border (swiftly overturned by a federal judge) and calling for the authorization of lethal force. The stage was set. Finally, on Sunday, when migrants on the Tijuana side of the border fence attempted to cross into the United States, agents fired tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd, sending dozens scrambling, including mothers with young children. “We ran, but when you run the gas asphyxiates you more,” Ana Zuniga, one of the migrants, told the Associated Press. Meanwhile, the president, who had previously instructed agents to treat rock-wielding migrants as if they were holding “a firearm,” ginned up the outrage. “Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries,” he tweeted Sunday night. “Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!”

Scott said numerous people made it across the border in an area where a wall is in the process of being built. Parts of the border have a dilapidated wall made of scrap metal, Scott said.

The group breached a couple sections of that, actually tore down one small section, started to rush across, he said. And thats another time that they started assaulting our agents. We were able to hold them back using riot techniques.

Scott said members of the group passed border patrol units chanting, waving the Honduran flag, and throwing rocks and did not surrender to apply for asylum. If they were true asylum seekers, they would have just walked up with their hands up and surrendered, he said. And that did not take place.

Tearing into the company during an interview on Monday, Trump relayed his conversation with C.E.O. Mary Barra to The Wall Street Journal, telling the paper he told her, I heard youre closing your plant and warning that it better not be closed for long . . . Mary, because if it is you have a problem, like the 1920s gangster he thinks he is. To the Journal, the president repeated his vague threat about what might happen if the company doesnt immediately open a new facility in the town where they literally just announced theyll be closing the existing one. They better damn well open a new plant there very quickly, Trump told the paper. I love Ohio. I told them, youre playing around with the wrong person. Later, speaking with reporters, the president said that he was very tough with Barra, saying that he was not happy with the news and once again making a bold claim that will probably blow up in his face in short order. We have a lot of pressure on them, Trump said. I have no doubt that in a not-too-distant future, theyll put something else [in Ohio]. They better put something else in. He also claimed that his tariffs, which GM warned would undermine [its] competitiveness against foreign auto producers by . . . [increasing] global costs, have nothing to do with the layoffs.

Scott claimed the caravan had pushed women and children to the front of the group, resulting in images of small children fleeing from teargas that sparked outrage – a claim that was rejected by migrants in the group.

The episode is revealing in that it suggests Zuckerberg still thinks Facebooks core issue is a communications problem, rather than a substantive one. Hes seemed contrite in press calls and before lawmakers, professing to understand Facebooks shortcomings as a product. But internally, his response to criticism is more self-righteous. During a Q&A session with employees last week, for example, Zuckerberg reportedly called recent negative coverage bullshit. He also reportedly blamed C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg and her team for the hysteria that accompanied the revelation that millions of users personal data had been siphoned by Mercer-backed firm Cambridge Analytica, complaining that Facebook wasnt effectively managing the response. (A person familiar with Zuckerbergs thinking told the Journal that he does not recall using the word hysteria.) And hes been frustrated at Facebooks response to criticism over the past year, pressuring senior executives to make progress faster on issues like securing Facebooks platform and reversing slow user growth. (In a statement to the Journal, a Facebook spokesperson said the company has made massive investments in safety and security. While we know we have more work to do, we believe weve made progress.)

The group … would push women and children towards the front, and then begin basically rocking our agents, he said. We try to target specifically the instigators, specifically the person assaulting the agents, but as you saw from the video, once that chemical is released it does go through the air.

Perhaps it is this possibility that has gotten under Trumps skin. While he rails about the costs associated with protecting Macron and Merkel—the U.S. currently has about 60,000 troops stationed in Europe—America also benefits from billions of dollars in weapons sales to Europe. In the 2018 fiscal year alone, European countries accounted for $37.4 billion of U.S. defense companies sales—the most of any region in the world, beating out the Middle East ($22.1 billion), which was previously the biggest spender in the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. The Macron-Merkel pivot away from the U.S. could jeopardize all that. In an interview taped Sunday, before the centenary event at the Arc de Triomphe, Macron told CNNs Fareed Zakaria that he wants Europes increased military spending to go to European companies—not American ones. What I dont want to see is European countries increasing the budget in defense in order to buy Americans and other arms or materials coming from your industry, Macron said. I think if we increase our budget, its . . . to build our autonomy and to become an actual sovereign power. As Politico notes, France happens to have one of Europes biggest defense manufacturing industries. Make France great again, indeed.

Lurbin Sarmiento, 26, of Copán, Honduras, said she had been with her four-year-old daughter at a concrete riverbed when US agents fired the gas.

We ran, but the smoke always reached us and my daughter was choking, Sarmiento told the AP, adding that she would never have approached the border fence if she thought there would be teargas.

Early on Monday, Donald Trump tweeted: Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!

Border patrol agents clashed with hundreds of migrants Sunday at San Ysidro, one of the largest and busiest ports of entry on the US-Mexico border, after what began as a peaceful protest meant to call attention to the plight of asylum seekers turned into a mad and chaotic dash.

The U.S. Border Patrols top agent in the San Diego region said Monday that aggressive migrants trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Sunday used women and children as human shields as they hurled rocks and debris at officers guarding a fence.

While the number of troops deployed to the southern border has decreased, the number of troops serving in California is on the rise. Thousands of migrants have been pouring into Tijuana, which is where more than 5,000 migrants, possibly many more, are camped.

Several agents were actually struck by rocks, Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said in a CNN interview.

Some migrants attempted to enter the US illegally by forcing their way through and over barricades while others threw rocks at US border agents after they overwhelmed Mexican authorities. The crowd of migrants was driven back by rubber pullets and tear gas.

What we saw over and over yesterday was that the group – the caravan, as we call them – would push women and children to the front, and then begin, basically, rocking our agents, he claimed. 

Last week, there were 2,800 troops in Texas, 1,500 in Arizona, and another 1,500 in California. Over a period of several weeks, the active-duty military personnel deployed to these states ran over 60,000 feet of concertina (razor) wire.

Scott said three Border Patrol agents and several vehicles were struck. Agents responded with rubber bullets and canisters of pepper spray.

While active-duty troops deployed to the border were initially limited to laying razor wire, the White House recently authorized US troops to use force, including lethal force if necessary, to defend CBP agents against violence.

In an afternoon Fox News interview, National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd backed up Scotts view that migrant men are using women and children as shields while they hurled projectiles at uniformed agents. 

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They pushed women and children up front. And then behind those women and children, they started throwing rocks, cement bricks, they started throwing bottles at our Border Patrol agents, he recalled.

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Rodney Scott, the chief border agent in San Diego Sector Border Control, said Monday that most of the people in the migrant caravan that has reached the U.S.-Mexico border are job-seekers, not genuine asylum-seekers

A caravan migrant, one of thousands traveling from Central America to the U.S. border, was photographed hurling a rock toward U.S. border patrol on Sunday

National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd said it was absolutely monstrous for caravan men to shove women and children to the front while they attacked border guards

A migrant woman and her children famously captured on film fleeing tear gas in front of the Tijuana-San Diego border wall may be an example of defenseless Central Americans put in harms way by rock-throwing men who gambled that Border Patrol wouldnt retaliate if females and minors were present

Carla Provost, the chief of U.S. Border Patrol, said in a Fox News Channel interview that a large group of migrants were throwing rocks and bottles at my men and women, putting them in harms way as well as other members of the caravan. 

President Trump said hours later during a political rally in Tupelo, Mississippi that his administration will continue to take a hard line on migrants who try to fight or harm border guards. 

We will not tolerate any form of assault or attack upon our border agents, like happened yesterday, he said, or any attempt to destroy federal property, overrun federal authorities or bring chaos and violence to American soil.

And if you look at whats happening along the border, you see whats happening. The mayor of Tijuana, he said, these are tough people. These people fight when you talk to them. These are tough people.

Scott claimed also on Monday that most of the migrants now waiting in Tijuana wont qualify for asylum in the U.S. because theyre job-seekers, not legitimate refugees.

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost, told the Fox News Channel on Monday that our agents were being assaulted – as video played of a caravan member hurling a rock toward the border fence

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