Migrants Arrested in Border Clash Won't be Prosecuted

01 December, 2018, 14:38 | Author: Donnie King
  • Wilson Romero left and Daniel Montes both from Honduras arrive at a bus terminal early

On November 25, some of the migrants clashed with US Border Patrol agents, who dispensed tear gas in response to thrown stones. Still others escaped prosecution because in the chaos surrounding Sunday's incident, authorities missed pieces of information necessary to file charges, such as the names of the officers who made arrests. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a tweet after the Sunday clash that the actions by the migrants were "dangerous and not consistent with peacefully seeking asylum".

She said she couldn't walk around freely without fear, her children never attended school because it was too risky.

The Ramirez arrest reinforces claims by President Donald Trump and DHS officials that hundreds of violent criminals are among the estimated 8,500 migrants in the caravan, the advance elements of which began arriving in Tijuana a week ago. -Mexican border waiting to plead their case for asylum in the United States launched a hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Mexican police blocking their way.

"Those are the real criminals because they're dealing with the lives of people", Gastélum said. They fanned out on both sides of the crossing and many slipped through an opening in the border fence or tried to climb over.

But critics insist the violence is being exaggerating to stoke fears and push political agendas, and say most of the people coming are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.

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Images and video of asylum seekers, including families with small children, running from the tear gas prompted widespread outrage against the Trump administration, with the Mexican government itself calling for an investigation into the use of nonlethal weapons.

For those among the at least 6,000 migrants who have descended upon the Mexican border city of Tijuana, just south of San Diego on the USA side, the move to a former outdoor concert venue after torrential rains a day earlier reduced the old shelter to a muddy, smelly mess was a welcome relief. One of those other agents used a Taser to subdue Rodriquez, who was detained, arrested and charged in U.S. District Court later that day on one count of assault on a federal officer and one count of alien in possession of a firearm.

The suspect allegedly admitted to being from El Salvador and entering the USA without authorization.

"Depending on their country of citizenship and their case's final disposition, the Border Patrol may turn those people over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement", said Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio.

He said he joined the caravan to find better job prospects in the United States.



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