Liz Cheney: 'Legitimate Asylum Seekers Don't Attack Border Guards'

Liz Cheney: 'Legitimate Asylum Seekers Don't Attack Border Guards'

Liz Cheney: 'Legitimate Asylum Seekers Don't Attack Border Guards'

Though President Donald Trump this week expressed an interest in establishing a state-run TV news network due to his dissatisfaction with the media's coverage of his historically unpopular presidency, the Sinclair Broadcast Group on Tuesday appeared to fulfill that role with another of its "must-run" pro-Trump segments, this time defending the use of tear gas on migrant children at the southern USA border.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry has asked the United States to investigate US Border Patrol agents' use of tear gas on migrants attempting to cross the border.

Tension continued Tuesday as residents in the Mexican border city of Tijuana closed down a school next to a sports complex where more than 5,000 Central American migrants have been camped out for two weeks.

But it's also possible that Sunday's clash was borne of increasing desperation caused by the hardening of the policies, said Rachel Schmidtke, program associate for migration at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars Mexico Institute.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents transported the woman to a local hospital for treatment. These included 29 cases in which tear gas was used and 43 incidents of pepper spray.

As the Trump administration continues to defend firing tear gas into crowds of asylum seekers, we look at the history of tear gas, which is banned in warfare but legal for federal authorities and police to turn on civilians.

Jean Guerrero, fronteras reporter for KPBS, where she covers immigration and the U.S. -Mexico border.

US President Donald Trump speaks during an inspection of border wall prototypes on March 13 in San Diego.

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"It's a term that's used because, as you know, many people, it's a very violent, frightful thing, that they feel they have an advantage when they're with a young child, and they call them grabbers", he said.

"Mexico's Milenio television station showed dozens of people climbing the fence on the Mexican side of the border before they were turned back".

US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the administration's concerns about the caravan "were borne out and on full display" Sunday. After the simulation, they discuss reactions with training officers and work on how to better respond in the future.

Now, about 1,800 of the 5,600 active-duty troops deployed to the southwest border with Mexico are in California, according to numbers provided Monday by the Army. Five million USA -born children with American citizenship are said to be living with parents or relatives who are unauthorized.

"It was a very dynamic and very unsafe situation", Perez said. "This woman placed her own life and her children's lives in peril". Speaking on the hot topic in a brief commentary, Epshteyn described the clashes between hundreds of migrants and United States border guards earlier this week as "an attempted invasion of our country". Trump also said the Mexican government "wants to see if they can straighten it out".

The migrants themselves were urgently exploring their options amid a growing feeling that they had little hope of making successful asylum bids in the United States or of crossing the border illegally. "So some people got rocks and threw them because many kids were fainting". He says he's heard people talk of Rosarito, a beach town popular with USA tourists about a 40-minute drive south of Tijuana.

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