US authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 people who they claimed were trying to breach the border fence in Tijuana. The people affected by the gas included women and children, as well as members of the press. US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that the gas was aimed at rock throwers on the Mexican side and migrants who were trying to cross the border.
The agency said that 25 migrants were detained. Many of the migrants are waiting in Tijuana for a chance to apply for asylum in the U.S., but there was a backlog before the caravan’s arrival and the wait is expected to be many months.
Others have found jobs in Mexico and tried to settle there. President Donald Trump is currently locked in a fight with congressional Democrats over funding for the border wall that he wants to build. The stalemate has led to a partial government shutdown.