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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Mexico Asks US to Probe Border Violence Against Migrants

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7Dnews London

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:44 GMT

Mexico's foreign affairs ministry has formally asked the United States government to conduct a thorough investigation into an incident on January 1st, in which US agents fired tear gas into Mexico to stop migrants crossing, AP reported on Thursday.

In an official statement issued on Thursday January 10th, the ministry said through its embassy in the US that it lamented any violent acts along its border, reiterating its commitment to the safety of migrants.

In the first hours of the new year, about 150 migrants attempted to breach the border fence in Tijuana. US Customs and Border Protection said that agents fired gas at migrants throwing rocks. It said it was investigating.

Eyewitnesses said they saw rocks thrown only after agents fired gas as migrants scaled the fence. The confrontation was at least the second time in a little over a month that US authorities have fired tear gas into Tijuana. The action drew sharp criticism from politicians and activists on both sides of the border and raised questions about the use of force against migrants.

In a 10-minute television speech on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump urged Congress to fund a $5-billion steel wall on the US- Mexico border to curb unauthorised immigration.

Trump, who will visit the Mexican border in person on Thursday, invited the Democrats to return to the White House to meet with him on Wednesday, saying it was “immoral” for “politicians to do nothing.” He claimed they could resolve the standoff in “45 minutes,” but previous meetings have led to no agreement as Trump insists on the wall that was his signature promise in the 2016 presidential campaign.


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